Mill Mountain Zoo opens renovated snow leopard exhibit

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - A snow leopard exhibit at the Mill Mountain Zoo received a face lift - thanks to a very supportive group.

Zoo keepers say their snow leopard exhibit was safe but outdated in terms of design.

Thanks to help from the Roanoke Women's Foundation, the zoo was able to make nearly $30,000 worth of renovations and upgrades. Most of the work is internal and not seen by the public.

Bill Baker, Co-director of the zoo, said the new space furthers their conservation efforts.

"We do really well with snow leopards, red pandas and pallas cats. We're gonna keep them in the collection, keep working with them because they are victories and significant in terms of conservation in terms of threatened and endangered species," he said.

The zoo will also host celebrations next week for the Fourth of July and the zoo's 66th birthday.