Panama City’s zoo has put the plans into place for a $37 million revamp of the 617 acre site.
The Summit Municipal Park sits just 12 miles north of the Panama Canal Basin, and covers over 600 acres.
The plans were presented to the Panama City Government in October. Park Director Edgar Arauz has said the $37 million project is expected to take between five and seven years to complete.
Arauz has said that certain animals are currently living in “enclosures that have been there a long time and lack even the minimum required living conditions”, including the wildcats and capuchin monkeys.
The first stage of the plan begins with building a path labelled ‘The Living Basin of the Canal’ which will re-home the majority of the 300 animal species who are currently living in the enclosures most needing replacement.
Mayor Jose Isabel Blandon, of the city government, says that an initial collection of $9 million will allow for the first stage to begin, including building an entrance and administration building.