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Aug 14, 2013 9:22 AM by AP/CS

Land of Jaguar exhibit nears completion at zoo

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The oldest area of the Alexandria Zoo is about to become the freshest and most exciting.

Renovation of the South American area of the zoo, which hadn't been updated in four decades, is approaching completion. The Town Talk reports it will be unveiled to the public at the Sept. 28 grand opening of the Land of the Jaguar exhibit.

Zoo Director Lee Ann Whitt says the renovated area is designed to have a Central and South American atmosphere, including an entry gate in the form of a native temple and an Amazon rainforest section.

More than 40 species will be part of the exhibit, highlighted by a male jaguar and a female jaguar. The male was imported from Panama; the female came from the San Diego Zoo.

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