A boutique hotel, a research center, and maybe even an indoor rainforest are among the additions envisioned when the St. Louis Zoo expands south of I-64/US-40.
Zoo officials will present a plan for the southern campus today. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the plan is considered a guiding "framework" for the 14 acre site of the shuttered Forest Park Hospital, and for the zoo's future.
The expansion would also allow the zoo to expand animal exhibits on its current grounds. That could included a bigger children's zoo area and added features like a subarctic habitat. A gondola high over the interstate could link the two campuses.
The paper reports that design and construction would be broken into multiple stages, stretching over the next 20 to 30 years.
The plan is to break the expansion into several specific projects, with money-raising campaigns for each.