Abilene Zoo unveils Safari Express train, bird garden this weekend

Abilene Zoo unveils Safari Express train, bird garden this weekend

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

ABILENE, TX. – Beginning Saturday, May 28, zoo guests can hop aboard the newest attraction at the Abilene Zoo: the Safari Express. The train was custom-made in Granby , Quebec for the zoo. It features rubber tires, an engine, coal car, two passenger cars and a caboose. Up to 20 passengers can enjoy an 8 minute ride past animals like the flamingos, jaguar, giraffes and ocelots.“We’re thrilled that we can offer our guests a fun and different experience,” said Zoo Director Bill Gersonde. The zoo rented a similar train over spring break that was a big hit with visitors. Noting this success, the Abilene Zoological Society Board of Directors approved funding to purchase a new train. The Safari Express will be dedicated officially upon completion of the train depot. {{more}}The train will run daily, weather permitting, from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Train rides are $2 per person. Children 2 years old and younger are free. Ride tokens can be purchased at the zoo admissions window or in the gift shop. Passengers will board the train at the zoo plaza.Also featured this weekend is the zoo’s new bird garden located just west of Elm Creek Backyard. Thanks to the hard work of dedicated zoo staff and volunteers, some of the zoo’s birds have new exhibits to call home. Road runners, burrowing, screech and great horned owls along with the endangered Attwater’s prairie chicken were relocated from old exhibits and back holding areas to the new bird garden. “These new exhibits showcase some of our native bird species in naturalistic exhibits that were all created in house,” said Gersonde. The media is invited to see the Safari Express zoo train and bird garden on Friday, May 26 at 1:30 pm. Please meet at the zoo entrance.