Crews work to complete zoo's Journey to Churchill exhibit
Published Thursday, October 17, 2013 2:10PM CST
Last Updated Thursday, October 17, 2013 5:46PM CST
Construction continues on the Assiniboine Park Zoo for its upcoming Journey to Churchill exhibit space, marking the largest new zoo project in Canada in 25 years.
The space will become the new home for Hudson the polar bear. The new enclosure will be 20 times the size of the space that housed the zoo's previous polar bear, Debbie.
The exhibit will also have habitat for other northern residents when it opens next summer.
It will be able to house four seals, three arctic foxes and their pups, 12 snowy owls, 12 caribou and a total of six polar bears.
The project’s total cost is pegged at $90 million, including funding for a polar bear research centre, interpretive gallery and classroom.
Zoo staff hope for a few more weeks of good construction weather so that the exhibit stays on track for a June 2014 opening.
Crews got a late start on work this year because of weather in the spring.
To check out more pictures from the exhibit work, head to CTV's web gallery.
- with a report from Alesia Fieldberg