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The Louisville Zoo has four distinctive zones within the zoo, namely Australia, Africa, Islands, and Glacier Run. Other special exhibits include the Gorilla Forest, New World Exhibits (North, Central and South America), and the HerpAquarium.
Glacier Run is a 4.3-acre outdoor display built to reflect an old gold-mining town bordered by a glacier. This exhibit is home to grizzly bears, seals, polar bears, and sea lions, as well as a family-friendly splash park for the young ones. Glacier Run also features a 200-seat outdoor auditorium where visitors can watch animal training demonstrations and elevated viewing areas.
The Islands exhibit is a unique display that rotates a variety of animals in one exhibition, allowing the animals, which are all endangered or threatened species, to explore different habitats throughout the day, as they would in the wild. Islands features three outdoor exhibit areas and one indoor Pavilion area, and the animals include siamang, orangutan, the Malayan tapir, babirusa, and the Sumatran tiger. The indoor Pavilion houses an array of rare birds, including the Madagascar fody, the Mariana fruit dove, and the rockhopper penguin. Other unusual species in the building include Cuban crocodiles, Komodo dragons, and the Rodrigues fruit bat.
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