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Lake Superior Zoo raising funds for "Bear Country" exhibit

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The Lake Superior Zoo is hoping to bring in three new animals - but first, they need your help.

The zoo is launching a capital campaign for a new Bear Country Exhibit. 

In phase one, they hope to collect $4.5 million. 

They say that will help them bring in three brown bears, build an ADA accessible restroom, and move their Snow leopard and Siberian lynx to a different spot. 

The new bear exhibit would be the first one at the zoo to use fully renewable energy - a big upgrade after flooding nearly destroyed the old exhibit.

"In 2012 we experienced the major flooding which took out polar shores, and unfortunately that exhibit has been vacant... since then," says LS Zoo Dir. of Marketing & Membership Haley Hedstrom. "Bears are a big draw. It's a great thing for attendance, and it would only amp up our attendance and our tourism in the city of Duluth."

They plan on officially launching the campaign on April 4th, which also happens to be "free day" at the zoo. 

This is the third of five phases in the zoo's "total revitalization plan." 

They have received some money from the city and other donors. They hope legislation this spring could help them fill the gap.

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