Consultants recommend relocating BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo

Jake and Tristin Yarborough from Hammond, La., watch as a Sumatran tiger walks past a large glass window in the new Realm of the Tiger exhibit at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo. The exhibit shows animals from the continent of Asia including Sumatran and Malayan tigers, Siamang gibbons, a Koi pond and a walk-through Asian aviary. (File photo)

Independent consultants will recommend relocating BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo from its current spot at Greenwood Park on Thomas Road to either BREC’s Airline Highway Park or the “Nicholson Corridor Zone,” both on the opposite side of the parish, as alternative locations.

The final report and recommendations, prepared by Philadelphia-based consultants Schultz & Williams, will be presented this evening to the BREC Commission at the board’s 5 p.m. meeting at BREC’s headquarters on Florida Boulevard.

BREC wants to undertake an ambitious $110 million campaign to re-imagine and revitalize the parish’s zoo.But suggestions to relocate the park away from north Baton Rouge, and to a site in the southern part of the city, have been rebuffed by north Baton Rouge residents who say their community is being neglected economically in favor south Baton Rouge.

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