Niabi Zoo open for the season

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The Niabi Zoo opened to the public Monday.

With more than 140 different species at the zoo it's also a place where kids can learn about what they can do to help keep animals for generations to come. This year the zoo is going to continue it's Coins for Conservation Program where 25 cents of every admission ticket sold at the zoo will go towards saving endangered species.

Last year the zoo raised more than $30,000.

"Its a fun time to come out to the zoo and realize how important it is not just for the animals not just for education and entertainment but also for conservation," says Niabi Zoo's Curator of Education, Jill Roderick.

New additions to the zoo include a Amur Leopard at the cat house and the Meerkats exhibit.