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The San Diego Zoo will start work this week on what will be its largest attraction to date, a $68 million Africa-centric exhibit populated with a wide variety of animals, reptiles, birds and plant life, along with a special habitat dedicated to penguins.
Located on the northern side of the zoo, the new exhibit will transform what is now a steep canyon area that at one time was the home of 1930s-era grottos and enclosures into a much more easily traversed, switchback-style path that will lead visitors through various plant and animal exhibits.
Dwarf crocodiles, a spurred tortoise, baboons, vervet monkeys and lemurs, and an African leopard will be among the new inhabitants of Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks, along with several old-growth trees and other African-native plants, including acacia, aloe, Madagascar ocotillo and palms.
Another key focal point of Africa Rocks, which will open in 2017, will be Rady Madagascar Habitat and Falls, the centerpiece of which will be a 65-foot tall waterfall that will cascade down several levels of the attraction.