For the occasion, the zoo presented an ambitious expansion plan that includes a new state-of-the-art veterinary hospital, tiger and Asian exhibits, bison and North American habitats, and a welcome center. An education building, south entrance, and parking expansion are among other improvements featured in the plan.
“We started a 20-year master plan just a few short years ago,” said Eric Donovan, Elmwood Park Zoo Chief Operating Officer. “And with the help of some really amazing generous donors, it fast-tracked our 20-year plan to just a few short years.”
The zoo was closed in January and February this year to break ground on construction. During that period, a new entrance, gift shop, and alpaca exhibit were created.
“When we opened back up, you know, everybody flooded back in,” said zookeeper Tim Dirksen. “And it was this kind of outpouring of showing how much the community really loves being here and we love having them out here.”
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