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Wildlife fans will have to wait at least half a year longer than originally expected for a major Springfield museum to re-open its doors. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports.
The Wonders of Wildlife Museum in Springfield has delayed its reopening until Spring of 2009 due to a decision to upgrade the mechanical systems running the museum's aquariums. The museum was originally to be closed for a mere six months for an expansion and renovation project.
Active Executive Director Peggy Smith says the upgrading of the aquarium's systems had to be done before the museum re-opened.
Smith says the live animals that normally reside in the museum are temporarily staying at various places while they wait for the construction work to finish.
The expansion project will double the museum's size to about 200,000 square feet and will include a walk-through shark tank and a 40-foot stingray dome.
For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.