(WICHITA, Kan.) -

The Sedgwick County Zoo staff is excited about the jungle area renovation.  But the thrill of seeing the enhanced exhibit will have to wait a few extra months.

The jungle is now schedule for a reopening on Memorial Day 2015. 

The delay is needed to give horticulture experts more time to rehab plants that have suffered from their first exposure to the outside world in years.

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In late March, the roof was removed from the exhibit.  The plant specialists expected to lose some plants because of exposure.  But the damage was made worse because of hail, wind, snow and extreme heat -- all coming within weeks of the change.

Plant experts are now working to save many of the species and seeing positive signs.  Some trees that were bare just days ago are now showing new growth.

When the project is complete it will include a new state of the art roof designed to capture more sunlight and a climate control system that will make the exhibit feel like a real jungle.