Moody Gardens looks to bring arctic to Galveston
Building would be home to polar bears, walruses, beluga whales and other animals
By HARVEY RICE
GALVESTON — An icy glacier may soon be rising among the palm trees on Galveston Island.
Moody Gardens is proposing to spend as much as $150 million to construct a building that could take the shape of a glistening glacier to shelter re-created arctic climates, from snowy ice packs to frozen tundra.
The crystalline building will be home to polar bears, walruses, beluga whales, arctic foxes, gray wolves, northern fur seals and snowy owls living in enclosures that closely model their natural environments, Moody Gardens Inc. Chairman Doug McLeod said.