- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Upgraded exhibits and other changes are in the works at Mill Mountain Zoo.

The changes are part of a plan to make the zoo more focused on education, conservation and recreation. The zoo is seeking proposals for a master plan and a business plan.

Executive director Lucy Cook told The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1GR7ApD) that zoo officials want to give people a reason to come back.

One proposed project, Virginia Wild at Mill Mountain Park, would focus heavily on regional wildlife and habitats. The project would provide educational programs for students from grade school to college.

A Roanoke architecture firm is completing the final design for an expansion of the zoo’s marmoset exhibit. Exhibits for otters and porcupines already have been upgraded or will be soon.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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