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New exhibit opens at the Forest Park Zoo in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

If you’re looking for something to do this summer, a new exhibit has opened at the Forest Park Zoo in Springfield.
 
Monkeys, donkeys, and even a leopard, but now you can add servals to the list of animals at the Forest Park Zoo.
 
The two African cats are the zoo's newest residents that were flown in from Kansas. The zoo in Forest Park and Education Center announced Wednesday the opening of it's latest exhibit.
 
"They'll be able to learn information about servals diet about their habitat, where they come from. They'll be able to see them in action. They're great climbers and we're hoping people really get to see them in action," said Sarah Tsitso, Executive Director at Forest Park Zoo. 
 
The serval showcase was made possible thanks to the proceeds from the new Springfield Starbucks' first week of business
 
"We opened up our Starbucks last month here at Monarch Place in downtown Springfield. We wanted to celebrate that grand opening in such a way to support another new addition to downtown Springfield," said Paul Picknelly, Monarch Place President. 
 
The zoo features more than 150 animals representing a variety of species from around the world. 

Currently Oz the leopard is the only African cat at the zoo, so Tsitso told Western Mass News the servals are a great addition
 
"Now we've added another layer to that. They're smaller cats they're a little more agile in terms of their size, but there's two of them so you'll also be able to see them interact with each other which will be very interesting for our guests," said Tsitso. 
 
Monday through Friday of next week visitors who wear their Thunderbird jerseys to the zoo will receive an extra ticket for a friend as a promotion for the new exhibit. 

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