SOUTH BEND, Indiana — The nonprofit group that's taken over management of South Bend's Potawatomi Zoo is working on plans to build a new red panda exhibit and front-entrance plaza.
Potawatomi Zoological Society director Marci Dean says a contractor has been hired to build the panda exhibit and it should be finished by early April.
Dean tells the South Bend Tribune (http://bit.ly/NC4hYN ) that work on the new entrance plaza with more bathrooms and a carousel is expected to begin next year. The improvement projects are estimated to cost about $1.3 million.
The South Bend City Council is paying about $1.2 million to the society this year to manage the zoo under a 5-year agreement that took effect Jan. 1. The city and the group are also sharing the cost of planned parking lot improvements.
Information from: South Bend Tribune, http://www.southbendtribune.com