STONEHAM -- Beginning Memorial Day weekend, visitors to Stone Zoo can experience a new American alligator exhibit within the Alfred Huang North American Crane exhibit. The space will feature three alligators, ranging in size from 5- to 7-feet in length, offering visitors a chance to view them as they move throughout their pool and bask in the sun.

The American alligator exhibit is a permanent seasonal exhibit that will run into the early fall. In addition to the large adult alligators, visitors will also be able to see three smaller animals, measuring 1-foot long each, that will be utilized as part of a featured program by the zoo's education department.

To celebrate the opening of the exhibit, Lyle the Crocodile, from the popular series of children's books, will visit the Zoo on Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25, for storytimes at 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., followed a meet-and-greet. Zookeeper encounters will be held throughout the weekend at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

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