LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Ellen trout zoo in Lufkin is getting an upgrade thanks to members of Leadership Lufkin.
Working countless hours in East Texas heat, is how members of this year's class of leadership Lufkin spend their weekends.
It's all to help remodel a new home for the female Komodo dragon, whose exhibit was outdated.
"It's something that is going to impact the community," Leadership Lufkin project coordinator, Wayne Ramsey said. "A lot of people are going to be able to get use and benefit from it."
Bettering the community, one project at a time, is a part of Leadership Lufkin's goal.
"It's going to be great to see it once it's done," Ramsey said. "It's going to be a permanent thing that we can always come out to see and enjoy."
Organizers said the supplies were provided through fund raisers and local business donations.
Since working on this, organizers said the Komodo dragon has been turning a lot of heads.
"Everyone is excited when they see us working on the exhibit," Ramsey said. "All the little kids come up and they're asking when will it be finished. It's really neat to see the interest."
Volunteer's hope this project helps can bring more traffic to the zoo.
"There's a lot of people that travel from out of town, it does have an economic impact on people traveling in to come see the zoo," Ramsey said.
"I think it helps show how much Lufkin is growing and progressing, and building better things to make it more family oriented," Leadership Lufkin class member, Velta Page said.
Organizers said the project has been set back due to weather conditions, but is expected to be completed sometime in August.