CLR completed this master planning effort for the 11-acre ZooAmerica site working closely with Zoo staff as well as the adjacent theme park staff of Hershey Park. An early planning effort was to reaffirm the Zoo’s focus on North American species, improve the quality of life for the animals, improve the guest experience, and maximize the site for animal exhibits. The site presented a number of challenges including its relatively small size, steep topography, and a stream splitting the site. A further challenge included accommodating the significant volume of visitors generated from the adjacent theme park site. The final master plan clarified the circulation system, introduced a new neotropics thematic exhibit zone, included a new family adventure zone with amphitheater facilities, and upgraded existing North American woodland species exhibits — all within a very modest development budget.
I just found this one today. I don't know how old these plans are but if they ever do go through, this would be a nice change to the zoo. The plans show the empty land behind the prairie dog exhibit developed as well as a new entrance plaza in the area where the barn owl and bobcat exhibits currently are located. If this master plan goes forward, this would definitely be a welcome change.