Minot Park District donates $1 million to Zoo's Big Cat Habitat

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MINOT, N.D. - The Minot Park District is doing its part to give back to some furry four-legged friends.

The park district announced Friday it is donating $1 million to the Roosevelt Park Zoo's Centennial Capital Campaign. This donation brings the zoo's campaign to a total of $3.1 million, and that is much closer to their $5 million goal of creating a new habitat for their big cats.

Minot Park's director Ron Merritt says it's important to support and give back to our animals and our community.

“The Zoo is a staple for our community. It's our tourist attraction in Minot, and probably the number one tourist attraction, and it gives people a reason to stop here if they are driving through. When families come to visit it gives them something to do, it provides a quality of life for our community, so we are very excited about this,” said Merritt.

Construction crews are expected to break ground next spring and the entire project is expected to be complete in 2021.