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What Is The Future Of San Antonio's Zoo?

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Giraffes Cosmo and Alan in the San Antonio Zoo

San Antonio's century-old zoo is looking ahead to the next two decades with a new master plan. 

The zoo drew in 1.14 million visitors and estimated an economic impact of $108 million dollars in 2017. 
The upcoming expansion of grounds and natural habitats could cost up to $200 million and is expected to reach into other parts of Brackenridge Park.

Some changes are already in motion, including job posting for new hires, creating renewed habitats for rhinos and jaguars, and the opening of an on-site "nature preschool."

More ambitous projections envision an open "safari-style park" with facilities and operations to support the breeding of species and focused zoological research related to dinosaurs.
How will these renovations be funded? In what ways will these structural changes improve the zoo experience for both animals and zoo visitors? 

What's next for the San Antonio Zoo and what role could the animal park and its exhibitions play in the future of this rapidly growing city?

What kinds of experiences have you had at this and other zoos? What more do you want to see happen at the San Antonio Zoo in decades to come?

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