Nashville Zoo Announces Expansion Project, New Animal Exhibits
Updated: Tuesday, August 19 2014, 06:24 PM CDT
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The Nashville Zoo announced on Wednesday plans to begin a major expansion project that will also see the addition of several animal exhibits, according to a media release.
The project will see the addition of a new entry plaza, a veterinary hospital, infrastructure improvements and new exhibits featuring Andean bears and spider monkeys.
To date, the zoo has received commitments totaling $28 million to begin a multi-million dollar, multi-year campaign to fund the expansion. The funds raised include a recently approved $10 million allotment in Nashville’s 2015 capital spending plan, as well as $5 million in the 2014 capital spending plan. The city’s $10 million investment will be applied to infrastructure improvements and is contingent upon the zoo’s ability to match the funds with privately raised funds. The zoo sits on 188 acres which is owned by Metro Parks and Recreation. Currently about 82 acres have been developed.
"The zoo appreciates this public-private partnership with Metro and the support of Mayor Dean’s administration and the Metro Council, who have embraced our mission and demonstrated a serious commitment," said Rick Schwartz, president of Nashville Zoo. "It is clear that Nashville’s leaders recognize the Zoo’s contribution to our community."