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San Antonio Zoo CEO pursuing historic expansion plan

San Antonio Zoo to expand

Tim Morrow has been CEO and executive director of the San Antonio Zoo for less than 18 months, but he and his team are already engaged in preliminary work on what could prove to be one of the largest expansion projects ever for the park.

Park officials still need to clear a number of hurdles before work can begin on an expansion of such magnitude. That includes an exploration of other facilities to get some ideas of what might work best in San Antonio. Stakeholders will also need to conduct a feasibility study to determine the ultimate scope of and fundraising needs for an expansion. And at some point, they will need to identify a firm to oversee the project.

Morrow said that process could take about six months. But the former SeaWorld San Antonio executive already envisions significant change for the zoological park. The San Antonio Zoo has already undergone several changes since Morrow’s arrival. More than $4 million has been invested to improve some of the animal habitats. Upgrades have also been made to several of the public spaces throughout the zoo.

In addition, the zoo’s workforce has increased from 400 people to about 500 personnel. And a new guest experiences department has been created as part of a cultural shift in strategy. The San Antonio Zoo attracted about 1 million visitors in 2015. Morrow said the goal is to create a destination that will double that turnstile count annually. Such a spike in attendance could require more acreage.

Click here to read the full article: San Antonio Zoo CEO pursuing historic expansion plan San Antonio Business Journal 6-7-2016

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