The Hearld & Marge Ambler Diversity of Life exhibit building is celebrating an anniversary this month. This popular exhibit building, home to Dickerson Park Zoo's reptiles and amphibians, opened in April of what year?
The Hearld & Marge Ambler Diversity of Life exhibit opened April 2001. It is home to biodiversity from three areas of the world: Deserts & Dry Places, Under the Canopy -- Rainforest Life and The Ozarks. Among the exhibits are multiple species of reptiles, amphibians and insects, both venomous and nonvenomous.
When the Ambler Diversity of Life building opened, it became a new home for the reptiles and amphibians previously seen in Swinea Hall (which was closed in June 1998 becasue of safety concerns). Swinea Hall, we believe, was built in 1875 by Joseph Gott as part of the estate that became Dickerson Park Zoo in 1922.