- Associated Press - Thursday, September 29, 2016

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) - The Utica (YOO’-tih-kuh) Zoo is planning a big makeover.

Zoo officials have unveiled a multimillion-dollar master plan aimed at transforming the 102-year-old institution into a premier regional destination.

Plans for the 80-acre property in central New York include an Asian temple that overlooks the city, and African, Adirondack and rain forest-themed habitats housing everything from giraffes to black bears to gorillas.

Zoo executive director Andria Heath says the time is right because the facility is strong, stable, and has no debt.

The Observer-Dispatch of Utica says the improvements are designed with a 10-year horizon. Estimated total cost of the entire plan ranges from $63.2 million to $75.8 million. Funding would primarily be through donations and phased in over a 20-year period.



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Information from: Observer-Dispatch, https://www.uticaod.com

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