Grizzlies, tigers part of Roger Williams Park Zoo expansion

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence has unveiled plans to add a new education center and rainforest building as well as tigers, grizzly bears and moose by 2035.

Zoo officials announced the 20-year plan Wednesday, saying it will be completed in three separate, $25 million phases lasting between five and seven years each.

The zoo has requested bids to design a rainforest building with a rising path allowing visitors to see animals at different levels. The current education center would be converted into a reptile house.

The second phase calls for new penguin, seabird and sea lion exhibit as well as a gift shop and admission area.

The third phase will add the new animals. Four new restroom buildings and more than 400 parking spaces also will be added.

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