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Erie Zoo Reopens, New Lion Den Makes a Big Hit

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The gates are officially open at the Erie Zoo, and thousands of kids reunited with their favorite animals at the free zoo day this Saturday.

Elizabeth Lenox, 9, missed the jaguars when the zoo was closed. "I was always asking my parents, 'Can we go to the zoo yet?'" she said.

It wasn't just one-sided: the animals missed all the visitors too.

"The ones that have really missed people the most are the orangutans. They interact the most with people," said Scott Mitchell, director at the Erie Zoo.

The most noticeable change after the winter is the updated lion's den. It's now where the gorillas used to be and allows people to peer right into the glass.

"You can get face-to-face with them which is really awesome," said Caitlin Bower, 10. "They're the world's top predator, so it's really cool."

Other events, like a magician and a lizard show also entertained the kids.

About 5,000 people took advantage of the free zoo opening day, which was made possible by JH Bennett Moving and Storage. 

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