WATCH: Houston Zoo Announces $150 Million Expansion

The Houston Zoo will undergo a 20-year transformation of its 55-acre campus.

Work is already underway on the long-term master plan that will cost $150 million. Visitors to the zoo will notice several construction areas on the grounds. It's just the beginning of an effort to re-imagine the zoo and turn its exhibits into experiences.

"So when you walk through the new Houston Zoo, you're going to find yourself immersed in zones that highlight the world's diverse ecosystems. Our animals will live in beautiful, realistic habitats that reflect the highest standards of care,” said Lee Ehmke, CEO of the Houston Zoo. “And each zone will tell many stories that connect our guests to what they can do to save animals in the wild."

The zoo has already raised $102 million toward its overall goal, including the largest gift in its history — $50 million from the John P. McGovern Foundation.

New exhibits will open every year between now and 2022. The first one will be revealed later this year and celebrates the biodiversity of Texas.

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez leads news coverage for Houston Public Media across broadcast and digital platforms. Ramirez is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Before becoming News Director, Ramirez held the position of Executive Producer for Daily News, leading daily and breaking news coverage, helping...

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