The thatched-roof project in the African Village replaces the original roof installed in 2001. The village will reopen sometime in May.

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Some 2,500 bundles of South African grass, “the oldest roofing known,” are being installed on the African Village structure at Woodland Park Zoo, says Val Deer, owner of A.C.E. Thatch & Bamboo of McComb, Mississippi, the company doing the work.

Also at Woodland Park, a new exhibit set to open in early May will feature the zoo’s first-ever rhinos, the first of which has already arrived.