For Release: August 29, 2012
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After five years of planning and construction, the National Zoo will open the new American Trail exhibit to the public Saturday, Sept. 1, at noon. The renovated area in the extensive lower valley between Elephant Trail and Amazonia will transport visitors to the Pacific Northwest where they will come face-to-face with California sea lions and seals. The new trail is also home to pelicans, industrious beavers, playful otters, the iconic bald eagle, new intelligent ravens and two stunning new American grey wolves. The total cost of American Trail is $42 million.
Many of the American Trail inhabitants represent species that have rebounded after coming close to extinction.
"American Trail is a celebration of our country's spirit and, in true Smithsonian tradition, a showcase for 'living' American Treasures," said Dennis Kelly, director of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. "Our visitors can get to know their native wildlife and learn what they can do to help conserve our country's gems."
American Trail highlights include:
For additional information about American Trail, visit the online press kit, which includes History and Background, Animal Biographies, Landscape and Horticulture and Life Support Systems and Green Facilities.
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