Blank Park Zoo Adding Million-Dollar Expansion to Giraffe Barn

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Blank Park Zoo is expanding its facilities in hopes of an expanding family in Des Moines.

The zoo is planning to build a $1.8 million expansion to its giraffe barn. The new facility would be open to visitors so they can still see the giraffes on cold and rainy days.

It would also provide more space for what the zoo hopes will be a growing giraffe family.

"We intend to expand the herd, some by birth, grow our herd into our new barn,” said Kevin Drees, of Blank Park Zoo.

The barn will also have stalls where two different types of endangered antelope will hopefully breed to save their species.