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Rare White Alligator Comes to Hogle Zoo

Rare White Alligator Comes to Hogle Zoo

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Ashley Hayes Reporting A new exhibit at Hogle Zoo is expected to attract large crowds when it opens Saturday. It features a rare white alligator that zoo officials hope will sustain attendance through the summer months.

While this is a unique exhibit, it is also an affordable one for the zoo. Since this 'gator is on loan from the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Hogle Zoo did not have to create and develop a permanent exhibit for him or pay to keep the 'gator.

The zoo was able to redesign the inside of the old butterfly house, and even save some money by keeping a few of the same plants and flowers that thrive in similar humid environments.

Holly Braithwaite, community relations director at the zoo, explained, "Our Asian Highlands exhibit was up in the multi-million dollars, and we have some other things in the works down the road at Hogle Zoo. But we do need things in the interim to bring that freshness to what's going on."

By saving and generating money on this exhibit, the zoo has more money to build other permanent attractions in the future.

Antwon the Alligator will be here through October.

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