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African-style camp, school opens at Battle Creek zoo


A southwestern Michigan zoo has completed an African-style camp for overnight visitors.
Battle Creek's Binder Park Zoo on Wednesday dedicated the Joe and Clara Stewart African Tented Camp and Zamani School. The camp consists of eight wood-framed structures built on stilts with a removable canvas tents, and the school includes a mess hall, meeting place and educational center.
Zoo officials say the complex - named after local donors and philanthropists - is part of a $3 million dollar capital campaign launched in 2013. The original Zamani School in South Africa was dedicated to the Stewarts.
The camp is on the northern edge of an 18-acre savannah, and visitors will be surrounded by giraffes, zebras, impalas and other animals.
The center's aim is to boost African cultural and educational programming.