African Experience: Phase I

Phase I of the African Experience opened in 2003. The large habitat built to house the zoo's two African lions has incredible rock formations and a 17 foot waterfall! Upon entering the area, visitors can also view turtles and dwarf crocodiles. An aldabra tortoise exhibit is home to one of the zoo's most famous residents, "Big Al," and the "Venom Center" snake house features a large exhibit for the deadly gaboon viper. The many cultural elements and details incorporated into this exhibit make it truly an experience.