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Hattiesburg Zoo Receives $277,000 Grant For Educational Building

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Asbury Foundation announces its giving the Hattiesburg Zoo, $277,000 to finish completing and educational facility.

"We think it will benefit a lot of young children that will go through it," said Bill Ray, CEO of the Asbury Foundation. "We think that the zoo is a worthwhile project."

"We have about 67 animas that are used in our education program that you cannot see if you come to the zoo on any given day,"said Rick Taylor, the Hattiesburg Convention Commission executive director.

He said the outside structure of the 2,200 square-foot building is already up.

"The building will allow our educational animals to be visible," he said.

Next to the building will be a classroom.

"So they'll walk pass the snakes, and the animals, and cock roaches, and tortoises to where they will have their education," he said

Taylor said the rooms will be designed around the era's when Africa was popularly explored.

"The kids will have that environment exploring on their own," he said.

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