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Nashville Zoo announces plans to expand

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Officials say a major expansion is in story for the Nashville Zoo that includes more animals, more exhibits and more workers.

Zoo spokesman Jim Bartoo told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1o4n35D) that more details of the expansion will be released next week.

He said the expansion plans are in addition to a campaign launched in 2012 to raise $130 million for a 30-acre African exhibit.

Metro officials decided last month to allot the zoo $10 million, but the money can't be spent unless the zoo is able to raise dollar-for-dollar matching private investments.

Bartoo says zoo officials hope to spur donations with the expansion announcement.