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LA Zoo Welcomes Influx Of Rare, Exotic Animals

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(FOX 11 / AP) Los Angeles, already one of the nation's most diverse cities, is welcoming a new influx of immigrants, some of them rarely seen in Southern California before. The Los Angeles Times reports that dwarf caimans, a giant bird-eating spider and a pair of endangered primates called cotton-top tamarins have been taking up residence in the city's Griffith Park.

They and numerous other species are part of the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens' new Rainforest of Americans exhibit. It opens to the public on Tuesday.

Zoo officials say some of the rare species have not been seen outside of Mexico or Central or South America.

They hope their arrival will boost attendance at the zoo, which has seen its city subsidy dwindle in recent years from $10 million to $263,000.


From Sandra Endo:

There's a new attraction at the Los Angeles Zoo, now visitors can visit a rainforest right here in Southern California.

It's a 2.2 acre exhibit featuring rare and endangered mammals like giant river otters and blue-billed curassows to reptiles, fish and amphibians.

Mayor Garcetti and councilman Tom La Bonge were on hand at the opening ceremony today.

The 18.8 million dollar exhibit represents a three year collaboration and is the latest exhibit which is part of the culmination of a 15 year master plan to modernize the Zoo.

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