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San Antonio Zoo reveals incredible photos, plans for $200 million expansion

Renderings show expansion plans for San Antonio Zoo

Overland Partners Rendering

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Zoo has revealed renderings, courtesy of Overland Partners, that show off future exhibits as part of the $200 million expansion project.

The project, expected to take place in stages over the next two decades, will improve animal habitats and guest experience alike.

"Our desire is to give the children and people of San Antonio and South Texas the greatest zoo in the country and increase our educational and conservation impact both here and around the world,” San Antonio Zoo CEO and Executive Director Tim Morrow said.

Planned habitats include improvements to the rhino habitat, a skywalk for the jaguars, a bush trail, riverwalk, world of birds exhibit and Dante’s Quest, which appears to be interactive based on the renderings.

"Over the next 20 years we will create new large, naturalistic habitats in ways never seen before by our visitors taking advantage of current zoo spaces as well as unutilized land on our property which will be fully transformed,” Morrow said.

The upgraded rhino exhibit is slated to open in early 2019 and will feature more landscape and trees, a viewing deck, a waterfall and a mud wallow. Read more on the rhino habitat upgrade here.

Click through the photos below to see renderings for the upcoming expansion.

The San Antonio Zoo’s Zoo Boo is coming up soon as well. The annual event is held Saturdays and Sundays. It will start Sept. 22 and go through Oct. 28.

The zoo will be decked out with Halloween fun, complete with trick-or-treat stations, a fun hay maze, pumpkin painting, dance parties and games.