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Potter Park Zoo’s Moose Needs New Home

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Potter Park Zoo recently brought in a moose. They were looking to make accommodations for her and it turns out the project is substantially pricier than anticipated.

She's furry and just over a year old. Potter Park Zoo is looking to build a fancier home for Willow, the ever growing 430-pound beauty.

“Willow is currently in her temporary exhibit. Her permanent exhibit will be housed down in our duck pond area,” said Sherrie Graham, Executive Director, Potter Park Zoo.

The maneuver to the duck pond isn't as simple as they had anticipated. In fact, they're expecting it to cost half a million dollars, the $75,000 first projected.

“We had to create as much of a natural moose habitat as possible. Water feature is critical,” said Dennis Laidler, Educational Curator, Potter Park Zoo. So is the extra fencing, clearing of the water, screening of the site and much more to accommodate a sensitive creature.

“We want to pay for this completely through fundraising and I think that it will be very attractive to different groups,” said Laidler.

Zoo officials say they are looking to have Willow's new exhibit constructed within the year. They're going to have her in the new exhibit by Memorial Day of next year.

“There's a lot that has to be done starting with removal of toxic vegetation. There will be a small building where Willow and maybe her boyfriend someday could be off exhibit,” said Laidler.

If Willow and her boyfriend do have babies they have to account for that too by making sure, “there will be a home for that baby to go to. If that happens, we'll have the right facilities that will allow us to do that and do it well.”

If you'd like to help the zoo in its fund-raising efforts, just head to
http://www.potterparkzoo.org/get-involved/donate.

By Sharon Yoo, 6 News Intern
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