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$650M plan would give Los Angeles Zoo flashy transformation

Los Angeles Zoo
Posted at 11:42 AM, Oct 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-20 14:46:54-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A $650 million plan would give the Los Angeles Zoo a theme park-style transformation over the next 20 years.

The Los Angeles Times says the city-owned zoo would get exhibit upgrades and new attractions including a 60-foot-deep canyon for rock climbing and a hilltop feature in the style of a Yosemite National Park lodge with a sweeping view of a 25,000-square-foot vineyard if the plan is approved.

Supporters say the new zoo features would increase attendance 72% by drawing up to 3 million visitors annually.

But building them would consume 23 acres of native woodlands, which has drawn opposition from environmental and historical preservation groups.