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Zoo Breaks Ground on New Exhibit

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The Tulsa Zoo takes a first step in implementing its 20-year master plan by breaking ground on a new rhinoceros exhibit.

Zoo CEO Terrie Correll says it will be a needed improvement and expand capacity for the zoo’s two rhinos.

“The exhibit that they’re in now was built in the mid-70s, and it’s beginning to fail,” she said. “This was identified as one of the priorities in the master plan.”

Money from the 2006 Third Penny sales tax will pay a third of the cost, while the rest will be covered by private donations.

Currently the zoo is fundraising for the next project in the plan, a complex that will feature tigers, snow leopards and komodo dragons.

It has requested funds from the City through the Fix Our Streets renewal process.