Wildlife Exhibit Upgrade Includes Security Cameras

Officials at the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit at Central Riverside Park say video surveillance cameras will be a part of upcoming exhibit upgrades following animal breakouts.

Friends of the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit, a local nonprofit, met with Wichita Parks Foundation officials Thursday to discuss fundraising plans.

Great Plains Nature Center director and exhibit overseer Jim Mason said recent incidents have made it clear that video surveillance is necessary. In the past three months, a beaver and a bobcat have escaped from the exhibit.

Officials say vandals used wire cutters to slice a gap in the bobcat’s cage. It was later found in shrubbery near its cage.

Mason said part of a $100,000 donation from the Pamela J. Edward Pet Trust will be used to install the security cameras and other upgrades.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,