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New Asia exhibit coming to Albuquerque Zoo

Eddie Garcia
November 20, 2018 06:40 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A 5-acre plot of land on the ABQ zoo's northwest corner is currently just a grove of cottonwoods. 

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But zoo director, Dr. Baird Fleming, said the city has big plans for this area.

"We hope that people, when they’re coming into this area, are going to see what looks a lot like an Asian market," Fleming said.

The city is in the process of planning a $20 million "Asia exhibit," which will include some new and currently housed animals.

“It's going to be a place where we're going to re-house our resident orangutans, our tiger, our snow leopard and siamang, basically any species we have from Asia in general,” Fleming said.

Fleming said the new exhibit is part of a grander plan for the zoo.

"This is a push that we're trying to do at the BioPark to kind of convert the zoo into geographic regions," Fleming said.

There’s no word on a timetable for the plan at this point.

Fleming said that the hope for the new exhibit is to educate and entertain.

"They're going to see: Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas," Fleming said.

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