Chicago’s most famous cat, a male named Louie, is currently being housed at the Chicago Zoo.
It was the first cat at the zoo to be a female in 18 years.
The zoo is hoping that Louie, who will turn 30 in September, will help them get the word out about the new exhibit and the upcoming exhibit on cats.
The exhibit is slated to open on April 21, 2017.
Louie is an African lion.
“The zoo is so thrilled with what’s happening here, and we have so much more to do with the animal kingdom,” said Mark Karpman, vice president for zoo operations.
The new exhibit, which will include a giant cat statue, is expected to open to the public in October.
Chicago’s new zoo also announced it is hiring two people to staff the exhibit, bringing the zoo’s staff to 10.
The first two staff members will be hired through a competitive recruiting process.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am to be the director of this new exhibit,” Karpmans said.
The Chicago Zoo opened in 2014 and currently has more than 4,000 animals, including lions, tigers, cheetahs, giraffes, leopards, bobcats and more.
In its most recent financial report, the zoo reported $5.5 million in revenue and $4.7 million in operating expenses in 2016.
The facility was built to accommodate 10,000 cats, but in 2016, the animal population grew to more than 11,000.
The park is planning to add more exotic animals to the zoo, including a polar bear and an African grey parrot.