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Train, leopard habitat part of Sedgwick County Zoo upgrade

January 30, 2019

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Sedgwick County Zoo is planning a $15 million upgrade that will include a new habitat for a highly endangered Amur leopard and a train to transport guests.

The Wichita Eagle reports that $6 million will come from the county and the rest from the community. They money also will be used to upgrade the zoo’s entryway and gift shop.

Zoo spokeswoman Jennica King said the private fund-raising effort will officially launch as soon as the county approves its funding, which is expected to happen Wednesday. The zoo already has received a $2 million “challenge grant” from a donor who will match other donations to that amount.

The goal is to have the upgrades to the zoo in Wichita completed in time for its 50th anniversary in 2021.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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