Consultants urge officials to consider new zoo location
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Zoo consultants have urged parks officials to consider choosing a new location for the zoo, saying the current facility won't be successful in the future with its current model.
Philadelphia-based consultants Schultz & Williams told the East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission's Board of Commissioners Wednesday that changes need to be made to the zoo if it is to succeed.
Zoo Marketing and Development Director Kaki Heiligenthal says the consultants are currently identifying site options. She expects they will reveal those locations to the BREC board in February.
Past discussions about relocating the zoo from its location near Baker have led to political squabbles between the northern and southern parts of the parish.
The consultants also recommended making the exhibits more interactive.