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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens Announces New Champ the Train Enhancements

Champ the Train has been a favorite component of a Zoo visit for many years and the Zoo has now completed the final phase of the Little Florida Coast Line Historical Train Education Project. The train, built in 1951, is a 1/5-scale replica of the famous Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Champion. The ride will take guests through a natural Florida environment as they learn about Florida’s history. The current graphics are now enhanced with an audio narrative by Rae Rae, the red panda from the hit show The Enviropals! Prior to boarding the train, Rae Rae will also greet guests in an educational video about the train ride. As the train passes through the tunnel, riders will be immersed into the past as they view an artistic rendering of Florida past to present. The mural was created by members of the Sanford Seminole Art Association. The Little Florida Coast Line Historical Train Education Project would not have been possible without the support of our partnership with The Enviropals!, Lake Shore Software & Engineering, Inc. and especially the Chesley G. Magruder Foundation who provided funding for the development and implementation of the project.

About Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is a 116-acre private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and to engaging and educating our guests by sharing knowledge and celebrating our natural world. For more information regarding the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens visit www.centralfloridazoo.org or call 407.323.4450. The Zoo is located on I-4 Exit 104 in Sanford and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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