Zoo Knoxville breaks ground on new $5 million reptile center

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Zoo Knoxville has broken ground on an expansive new amphibian and reptile center.

This comes two years after 33 reptiles were found dead inside the zoo’s herpetology exhibit. The building was taken out of use after the incident.

The new 12,000 square foot facility will offer state-of-the-art experiences year-round.

“Not only does it, of course, feature the animals that we are so well known for, but it is a gorgeous architecture facility in and of itself,” said Zoo Knoxville President and CEO Lisa New.

Jim Clayton and First Bank contributed $5 million to make this all possible.

The new facility will be called the First Bank Amphibian and Reptile Center. It will sit on a 2.5-acre area called the Clayton Family Amphibian and Reptile Campus.

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