This rendering shows what an exterior portion of the the Asbury Discovery Center will look like when it opens in April of 2014.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
The Hattiesburg Zoo has received a $277,000 grant from the Asbury Foundation to help complete work on the zoo's education building.
The money will be used primarily to finish the interior of the 2,200 square-foot facility.
It will feature viewable housing for the zoo's education animals, as well as viewable offices and labs. It will also serve as a venue for zoo classes, camps and special events.
"Asbury has stepped up to the plate and made the largest sponsorship to date to the Hattiesburg Zoo and it's going to turn into a unique structure here in Hattiesburg, a unique structure, we believe, in our state," said Rick Taylor, executive director of the Hattiesburg Convention Commission.
"We felt it was (a project) that would enhance our community, would be a real joy to children who would go through it...you don't know what effect it would have on them," said Bill Ray, president and chief executive officer of the Asbury Foundation.
It will open in April of 2014 and will be known as the Asbury Discovery Center.