The Lincoln Park zoo will expand its animal sanctuary in North Carolina to accommodate the growth of a new exhibit at the zoo.
The project was announced Friday by the Lincoln-Porter Conservancy, which will receive $2.2 million from the zoo in exchange for building the new sanctuary.
The Lincoln-Perry Conservancy will receive another $1.4 million in support for the project.
The new project will open to the public in late 2019, and is scheduled to be completed in 2023.
“I have long felt that Lincoln Park is a unique, unique city in America and that the new exhibit is a great example of what we can do with a great natural environment, a great wildlife refuge, a very natural place,” said Mike Pugh, the zoo’s director.
The zoo has previously constructed a large exhibit at its old facility, the South Carolina Zoo.
In addition to the new museum, the Lincoln park zoo also plans to construct a new, 100-acre Nature Reserve in the park’s north, a habitat for wildlife in the southern part of the park, and a park-wide park with a natural bridge.
The expansion of the zoo also will include the addition of a large new wildlife sanctuary that will open in late 2020, with construction slated to begin in 2019.