February 08, 2015 02:29 PM
The Lake Superior Zoo announced plans for new exhibits at its annual "Zoo-La-La" celebration dinner Saturday night.
After a successful financial year, zoo leaders unveiled plans for new fox and monkeys exhibits. Two silver foxes will be on display after amenities are added to their exhibit while two swamp monkeys will see a renovated and expanded exhibit already located in the zoo's main buidling.
A new connected internal primate exhibit is meant to bring the monkeys closer to visitors inside and outside.
"They're one of the first animals and exhibits you see when you come into the zoo, so it's bell ringers that are really important that capture everybody's attention when they come in," Julie Thoreson, a co-chair of the Zoo-La-La fundraiser said.
The zoo added eleven animals last year, including the birth of four baby lemurs, which those with the zoo say generated a lot of interest.
The Lake Superior Zoo also reported a $2 million dollar increase in revenue from what they saw in 2013. They also saw about 33 more visitors.
"We all know what the flood did to the zoo, but the flood is in the past and we have the future ahead of us and that's what we're concentrating on," Mark Brown, a co-chair of the Zoo-La-La fundraiser, said.
Zoo leader said they hope to add more educational programming, which could mean bringing a new Zoomobile on board.
Updated: February 08, 2015 02:29 PM
Created: February 07, 2015 09:40 PM
Copyright 2016 WDIO-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved