Lit­tle Rock Zoo plans spend­ing $1.3M on mon­key, cat ex­hibits

El Dorado News-Times - - State Digest -

LIT­TLE ROCK (AP) — The Lit­tle Rock Zoo plans to spend about $1.3 mil­lion on an ex­pan­sion project to build new ex­hibits aim­ing to en­hance the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Arkansas DemocratGazette re­ports that the zoo plans to be­gin con­struc­tion on the colobus mon­key and ser­val cat ex­hibits by June and fin­ish by next spring.

The ex­hibit work is pend­ing ap­proval from the Lit­tle Rock Board of Di­rec­tors, which will vote on the con­tract with Amer­i­can Struc­ture Inc. Tues­day. The project's fund­ing would come from the 2011 voter-ap­proved sales tax that was ded­i­cated to cap­i­tal im­prove­ments city­wide.

The new ex­hibits will make space to breed the an­i­mals and in­clude more liv­ing and play room for them.

The zoo has four colobus mon­keys and two ser­val cats. Both an­i­mal breeds are na­tive to Africa.

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