- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has received a $9 million grant, the largest gift in the zoo’s history, from the Richard King Mellon Foundation

The charity is named for the former president and chairman of Mellon Bank, a philanthropist and conservationist.

Dr. Barbara Baker, the zoo’s president and CEO, says the money will be used to expand animal conservation programs at the zoo and its International Conservation Center, a sanctuary and breeding facility for African elephants in Somerset County.

The zoo announced the gift Friday, but won’t formally announce expansion plans related to the grant for a few weeks.

Those plans include new exhibits and conservation plans for the zoo’s remaining six acres.

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