The Abilene Zoo opened its gates to the new Wetlands Viewing Deck.

It was dedicated by the Founder Lions Club, in celebration for their one hundredth anniversary.

This shady area provides zoo-goers a quiet area to see animals native to swap lands.

The project took about six months, from drawing up the design to constructing it.

The club raised money for the project by doing a number of fundraisers.

“It really exceeded my expectations how beautiful it is and what the zoo did. Really didn’t know what to expect, but it’s very nice to see it all finalized,” Jeff Eckard, president of the Founder Lions Club, said.

Club members hope the new feature is something the community can enjoy for years to come.