Zoo New England and city officials today announced plans for a new $6.6-million children's zoo that will feature a number of outdoor animal exhibits and both indoor and outdoor classroom spaces to introduce kids to animals and the environments they live in.
Mayor Walsh was on hand for the announcement, which included news that the city's George Robert White Fund is kicking in $3 million towards the cost of construction. Zoo officials said they have already raised another $1.5 million.
By comparing ecosystems to neighborhoods, children can explore various habitats and discover the roles that living creatures, including themselves, play in healthy, thriving environments. Featured animal exhibits will include red pandas, North American river otters, prairie dogs and many more.