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Giant river otters: $70 million master plan will bring endangered species from the Amazon to the Santa Ana Zoo

Santa Ana, CA (KABC)-A giant otter arrives at the Santa Ana Zoo in Plenty Park.

Seeing the visitors playing underwater up close, the monkeys pass through the aerial trail system above.

Ethan Fisher, manager of the Santa Ana Zoo, said the endangered species of the Amazon River will hold a great show while educating visitors on its conservation stories.

Water pollution and drought affect all living things.

“We will take these otters here, tell the story, relate it to our lives here, and even be able to relate what is happening in the wild in South America. I wanted it, “Fisher said.

The groundbreaking ceremony on Friday was only the first phase of a 20-year master plan with an estimated $ 70 million.

“We are going to work on a great new educational facility,” Fisher said. “We are making some improvements in the zoo’s farm area and in the future we are considering upgrading the place where all monkeys live in the zoo to a beautiful new primate forest. “

Funding for the $ 6.6 million Amazon Edge Exhibit refurbishment and expansion came from donations, grants, and the city of Santa Anna.

Mayor Vicente Sarmiento said it is important for government leaders to invest in greenery in a concrete-rich, densely populated city.

“We intend to allow Santa Anna families, especially those with a high cost, to still come here. There are days designated free of charge for Santa Anna residents and Santa for a month. Anna’s family. I want to see if I can increase it. “

The first phase of construction is expected to take 18 months. After that, the animal will take some time to adapt to the new home.

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