Roosevelt Park Zoo updates cat habitats

Published: Jan. 15, 2020 at 8:52 PM CST
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The Roosevelt Park Zoo is planning some major upgrades to their current leopard habitats.

After successfully raising six million dollars to rehouse their lions and tigers, the zoo is entering another phase in its overall plans for renovations.

This includes new habitats for their one Amur leopard and two snow leopards.

Current plans include expanding the cat house which was built in 1970.

Minot Zoo Crew Executive Director Jennifer Kleen says the plans will double the space for the one Amur and two Snow leopards still housed in the cat house.

“Right now the existing cat complex has four different spaces, it's kind of in a four leaf clover kind of. So then it leaves the leopards each in their own leaf of that four leaf clover so they have two leaves now. But there will be more features that will connect those 2 leaves of the clover. So just different ways that our public can see them and see how they act in a more natural environment." Kleen said.

The Zoo says the new updates are required to keep up with standards set by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which is one of the highest standards of accreditation.

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