SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — With temperatures climbing back into the 90s this week, the elephant herd at an upstate New York zoo can beat the heat with a dip in a new pool.
The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is unveiling its new pachyderm pool Wednesday morning at its premiere habitat, the Asian Elephant Preserve.
Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney will join zoo officials and supporters for the official opening of the pool, a $1.8 million project funded by Friends of the Zoo as part of a new strategic and master plan.
The new pool area was built for the zoo’s herd of seven elephants and includes an observation deck for visitors.
High temperatures in the Syracuse area are expected to reach the 90s Wednesday and Thursday.