- Associated Press - Saturday, November 26, 2016

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - The Erie Zoo’s gates will be closing soon for the winter, and that’s when some heavy activity begins.

Not by the animals, but by the zoo staff, who have a slew of projects they want to get done after Thursday’s season closing.

The Erie Times-News reports (https://bit.ly/2fCNYMa) that one major project scheduled to start this week is a $600,000 transformation of the Capybara exhibit into an outdoor lion exhibit. Right now, the lions are housed inside the main zoo building.

The zoo is also working to write a 10-year master plan, which could include getting bears. Executive director Scott Mitchell says one thing that many people want to see at the zoo are bears.

The zoo does the master plan one every decade or so.

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