Big Changes Ahead For Lake Superior Zoo?

By KBJR News 2

August 6, 2010 Updated Nov 16, 2009 at 11:20 PM CDT

Posted by Trevor Roy

For the last twenty years the Lake Superior Zoo has operated under a master plan that with every passing year continued to grow out of date.
While Zoo officials aren't discarding the plan in its entirety they are looking at new options.

Lake Superior Zoological Society C.E.O Sam Maida says you have to find a balance.

"you can dream all you want, you can build all you want, it's not like it's build it and they'll come you better build it so they WILL come, but then you have to find a way so it makes sense both from an expensive side and a revenue side."

On Monday Architects and Zoo officials met to discuss some of the options on the table.

Landscape Architect Becka Hanson says she's entering the process with an open mind.

"When you put together a master plan it's not our vision but it's really everyone's vision and so we really try to hold back on what we see for something until we know a lot more about it."

The zoo's leadership is asking for the publics input on how to improve the attraction not only for the patrons but for the animals as well.

Hanson said "Mesh what's happening on an international level with zoo's as you look at environmental learning, look at what animals mean in our society anymore and how can you use the zoo to them push this wonderful agenda of taking care of the natural world forward."

Zoo workers have already started on some projects including renovating their aged tiger deck.

An open house is scheduled at the zoo for Wednesday from 4:30 to 7 giving the public a chance to walk through and submit ideas.

Suggestions can also be submitted on the Lake Superior Zoo website.