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Dallas Zoo To Open Animal Nutrition Center

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DALLAS (AP) - More than 2,000 creatures small and large at the Dallas Zoo will soon have a new facility to help them stay healthy and eat right.

The Dallas Zoo on June 13 will open its $1.4 million William M. Beecherl Animal Nutrition Center. Zoo officials on Monday said a grant from the Eugene McDermott Foundation also contributed to the 7,900 square foot complex.

Authorities say the center is expected to help increase food production and save money through more efficient processes, such as menu planning and prep. The center will include additional cooling and dry storage space, an enclosed loading dock and a small, edible plant garden.

The Dallas Zoo feeds more than 400 species, in addition to keeping up with weight and body conditions of the animals.

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