BREC looks at revamping options for Baton Rouge Zoo


BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo needs more than a facelift and maybe even a new location, according to one detailed study of the future of the Zoo.

The project could cost $110 million and the Zoo's director Phil Frost said that it would be financed through the use of public and private funds.

"I kind of equate it to a home that's maybe 40-45 years old, it's time to redo the kitchen it's time to redo things," Frost said. "In our case we just have an awful lot of exhibits, original exhibits to the zoo when it was built in the late 60s and opened in the 70s."

Relocating the zoo to a spot closer to major thoroughfares or a more convenient location is another major suggestion revealed by extensive survey.

"Is doing what we want to do, better to do it right where we are or are we better to look at a different location?" Frost asked. "We don't have that answer yet. We're writing a book and we're on chapter 2 and we don't know how it's going to end up. You can't turn to the back and book and say, 'Oh, great story. I like the way it ended.' We're just not there yet. We don't know."

Officials presented the findings to BREC's Board of Commissioners and plans to form a steering committee to further plan and begin fundraising.

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