3-31-05 – After 18 months without visitors, The Frank Buck Zoo in Gainesville reopened – charging admission for the first time.
Renovations at the zoo began in November of 2003. Today, the animal sanctuary has a brand new welcome center and exotic exhibits.
The main addition to the zoo is the African Savannah with a state-of-the-art giraffe barn with heated floors and shaded feeding areas. Visitors can also see gazelles and zebra.
Admission will now cost four dollars for adults and two dollars for children. The director of the Frank Buck Zoo says the money will pay for animal keepers and the zoo expansion.
More changes are expected as phase two of the renovation process continues with the construction of an education center.
A ribbon cutting ceremony for the zoo will be held on April 16th.