By The Canadian Press
CALGARY — The arrival of two giant pandas may still be five years away, but the Calgary Zoo has announced a major redesign prompted in part by its future visitors.
Zoo president Clement Lanthier (LAN’-tee-AY’) says it’s the most ambitious redevelopment plan in the zoo’s 84-year history.
The time leading to the arrival of the pandas in 2018 will see $162 million spent on 36 projects with new standards for animal enclosures.
Goals include renovating space now used by the zoo’s elephants to eventually house the pandas.
The pandas, on loan from China, will be living in Canada for the next 10 years — splitting their time equally between the Calgary Zoo and the Toronto Zoo, where they have already settled in.
The zoo is also looking at improving its Canadian wildlife exhibit to include a polar bear exhibit.