The Minnesota Zoo began launching their new extensive and expensive renovation program Saturday to attract more visitors, news sources reported.
The Minnesota Zoo will be under renovation for the next 15 to 20 years, WCCO reported.
The first phase the renovation process includes construction of an African trial, that will allow visitors to learn about lions, giraffes, and hippos, and an events center, the Star Tribune reported.
The first phase of the renovation is expected to cost $50 million and will be paid for by private donations, additional state aid, and an increase in the zoo's admission fees, Star Tribune reported.
The zoo has seen record attendance the past three years Lee Ehmke, the Minnesota Zoo director, reported to WCCO News, but with the new renovations they hope to increase admissions to support conservation efforts and education the Minnesota Zoo provides.
Later renovations include camel rides, an elevated zip-line and a new restaurant, the Star Tribune reported.