Expansion plans unveiled for Atlanta Zoo

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Zoo Atlanta officials say the facility will undergo renovations costing up to $200 million over a period of 10 to 15 years.

The zoo's chief executive officer, Dennis Kelly, says the zoo,
which underwent its last renovations in the 1980s, needs room for
additional animals, including three recently born lion cubs.

Kelly wants to be able to accommodate 10,000 visitors a day. He
hopes to upgrade many of the exhibits for animals and guests and
add more air conditioning.

The new design calls for the zoo to stay in its current roughly 35-acre to 38-acre area in Grant Park.

Ace Torre of Torre Design Consortium, the architect on the project, says the zoo would build an animal hospital and relocate just about all the animals to new exhibits.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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