Two of Chehaw Park's most popular attractions reopened Saturday for the 2013 season.
The African Veldt experience is a new ride that transports zoo visitors through a 47 acre habitat, which is home to zebra, ostrich, wildebeest, eland antelope, and impala. The exhibit opened over last year's Labor Day weekend, but was closed for winter.
Visitors are transported in a tractor-pulled covered trailer that gives them close-up views of the animals in a natural setting. "Everybody seems to like the ride. They like the difference in the exhibit. It's not a traditional zoo exhibit where you're standing at a rock wall or chain linked fence or a window or something like that. It's an entirely different experience," said Ben Roberts, the manager of animal programs.
The ride costs $3.00 in addition to regular zoo admission.
The Wiregrass Express train ride is also back up and running. The 20 minute ride takes folks through the woods and park for just $3.00.
Both the exhibit and train ride will be open on weekends and holidays.