Covering Louisiana

Feb 19, 2013 10:51 AM by AP

Alexandria zoo: Breeding jaguars and feeding fish

ALEXANDRIA, la. (AP) - The Alexandria zoo is getting hundreds of fancy carp known as koi to replace nearly 600 that died last August. But first, director LeeAnn Whitt tells The Town Talk, it has to finish renovations to its South American exhibit.

Whitt says it makes sense to complete construction in three areas right around the pond before beginning renovations to the pond itself.

She says the renovated exhibit will feature a breeding pair of jaguars - the male from Panama and the female from San Diego, Calif.

A donor is helping to pay for the fish, a new filtration system and aerators.

Zoo officials and the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine found that a common disease called columnaris killed the koi.

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