Originally Posted by vid
I didn't get photos of the construction, though. At the time it was basically just a dirt field, I think. They might have been erecting a frame for the building? It was most visible in the farmyard animals section, which I didn't bother going to because the zoo here has the same thing. I wanted to see animals our zoo didn't have. Like ground squirrels, and peacocks all over the fucking place making a god-awful racket.
For all the good things I have heard about Assiniboine Zoo I honestly didn't find it much more impressive than the dumpy little thing we have back home. It was simply bigger and had a tiger. I don't think the tiger liked it. The Polar Bear exhibit will greatly improve it, but the entire zoo really needs a makeover.
The highly optimistic goal is to have the complete makeover done before 2020. However, JTC has been pushed back to 2013. There are major budget shortfalls that keep scaling back the opening date/future projects. Fortunately JTC has no scaling back from what I have heard, however most of the other projects have felt the sting.
Remember also that over half of APZ's species are currently off display due to construction. Had you made your debut appearance three years ago before Debbie died you would have seen a half decent zoo (for the amount that the city threw into it anyways).
For some reason the new development calls for a water treatment plant, not sure what for but it is a fairly expansive development.
Here is a picture I took before work a couple of weeks back.