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Little Rock Zoo hoping to add aquarium

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Little Rock leaders are considering a new master plan that would add an aquarium to the city's zoo.

The plan announced Tuesday calls for the Little Rock Zoo to remain within its current 36.8 acres but adds new exhibits on undeveloped land.

Under the plan, the zoo's current tropical birdhouse would be transformed into an aquarium that would double as a rental venue and auditorium. The building would have two large wall tanks - one saltwater and one freshwater.

The plan also calls for new exhibits, primarily with a water theme.

The total cost to implement the plan is between $40 million and $50 million. The Little Rock Board of Directors didn't take any action Tuesday but most shared their support of the proposal.

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