June 21, 2024

There’s a thing fishy taking place in the northeast corner of the Rolling Hills Zoo where a new knowledge is quickly to make a daring splash. 

“Bamboo Bay is our future massive project… aspect of our learn approach above the future couple of decades,” Ryan VanZant, the Government Director of the Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina mentioned.

Not absolutely everyone who visits the Zoo in Salina visits its reptile constructing, but they shortly may. 

“Bamboo Bay will completely transform this building taking some of our reveals that have been in Rolling Hills Zoo for quite some time, in distinct, these smaller reveals off to my proper listed here will be replaced with a 3-thousand gallon salt drinking water aquarium that will house chain cat sharks,” VanZant shared as he stood the place the new shark tank will be.

VanZant says these chain cat sharks really do not get way too significant, but they have a massive surprise.

“They are also bio-florescent… so not only will we have sharks in the zoo, we will have glow-in-the-darkish sharks in the zoo,” he added.

He states it is a shark species not found in any other zoo in the point out of Kansas.
“It would be a extremely unique knowledge below at the Rolling Hills Zoo.”

Even though this new shark encounter is guaranteed to be a unique 1, it can be not the only issue that may make your Salina zoo journey following spring a minimal far more unforgettable.

“Currently we are fundraising to deliver Bamboo Bay to gentle. Bamboo Bay’s major attraction is the shark tank, but it also brings some other facilities to the zoo that are enormously desired. We are 65 acres listed here, and in our 65 acres, our restrooms are identified on the front 50 percent of people 65 acres,” he reported.

With new restrooms, you will not have to stroll a quarter mile away for your subsequent potty crack.

“…and we are bringing in a concession house that will glimpse like a Tiki bar, but will be utilised to provide snow cones all through the summer and assistance create an function space.”

The zoo is a privately funded non-revenue and each greenback will support shape this new knowledge.

“If you say sharks in Kansas, you are certainly likely to be interested and one more tie into it all is a large amount of folks never know this, but 50-million a long time in the past Kansas was ocean. There had been sharks swimming in this location wild at a single position in time, so we are satisfied to provide a piece of that again. We like to say Bamboo Bay is 50 million several years in the creating,” VanZant mentioned. 

The ‘bamboo’ in ‘Bamboo Bay’ is an ode to what is unique to the reptile constructing, which will be the web site of this shark expertise, as perfectly as what is outside the house of the building welcoming you in.

The zoo states Bamboo Bay will be brought to everyday living with donations. Design for the new shark experience is set to commence by the conclude of this calendar year. 

The zoo is also talking about the risk of hosting ‘overnights’ in the long term… so you could be capable to see the sharks prowling the depths at night.