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Red River Zoo Plans To Get Most Endangered Species In The World

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The Red River Zoo has plans to get the most endangered species in the world. They are working on a project to get Amur Leopards and Amur Tigers.

There are only about 30 Amur Leopards left in the wild. The Red River Zoo was asked by a conservation organization  to take on these endangered species,  because of the zoo’s breeding success with other cold-climate species.

They're in the planning phases for the $3 million dollar project which would include two separate exhibits for the cats, a breeding area and an event center in the middle.

Red River Zoo Executive Director, Lisa Tate, says, "We anticipate having floor to ceiling glass in that area, so that the public can get right up next to these amazing cats, really gain an appreciation for the specie."

The zoo is looking for donations to help make this exhibit possible. They hope to have it up and running in three years.

Amy Unrau

Amy is proud to be a Red River Valley native and cover stories that matter to her community. She was raised in Hallock, Minnesota and received her degree at the University of North Dakota where she participated in the student run TV show Studio One. In college, Amy met her husband, WDAY’s Jody Norstedt, while interning at WDAZ in Grand Forks. She started at WDAY in April 2014 and is currently WDAY'Z Xtra News at Nine's anchor and producer. Have a news idea? Amy would love to share your story or investigate an issue you’re concerned about.

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