A Florida zoo is planning to build a sanctuary for its wildcats.
The Zoos and Aquarium of the Palm Beach Gardens (ZAPAC) is planning a sanctuary that will house about 500 wildcats that live in a zoos-like environment.
The sanctuary will be built in the area of the Florida Keys where the zoo’s wildcat population is currently low.
It is being built by the ZAPAC Foundation in partnership with local developer John Fusco.
It is the first sanctuary to be built under the Zoos, Aquariums and Aquatic Education Foundation (ZOAEF), a $25m programme which aims to preserve the species and preserve its natural habitats.
The foundation is set to receive about $500,000 from the US government and $1.2m from private donors.ZAPECF is a partnership between the Zozo Conservation Society and the Palm Springs Zoo.
It has been in place since 2012.
In an interview with the US media, Fuso said the sanctuary will have more space to accommodate animals and will allow visitors to see the wildcats and to get a closer look at the animals.
“The idea of the zoos is to be the only place where wildcats can be seen, and this is a natural habitat for them,” he said.
The zoo is currently building a large facility in Palm Springs that houses about 5,000 animals.
Zoo founder Robert Cicala said he would like to see more wildcat conservation efforts and said the project will be a huge help to the community.
“There’s not a lot of space to house these wildcats in the zoo,” he told Al Jazeera.
“If we could create a sanctuary, the next step would be to build one in a different zoo and then maybe in other areas of the zoo.”
It’s a great thing to do for the conservation of wildcats, but also for the community and for the wildlife,” he added.
Fusco said he is confident the project would be successful, although he is not sure how long it will take.”
This is the biggest project we’ve ever undertaken, and it’s going to take a couple of years,” he explained.”
If we’re going to be successful in the end, we’ll have a facility ready for the wildcat.
“And if we can build it, it’ll be really beautiful.
We’re going for the best in the world.”‘
A massive step forward’The project is not the first time Florida has been involved in the conservation effort of the species.
In 2007, Florida governor Scott Walker signed a law that allowed wildcats to be killed.
In 2015, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) added more protections for wildcats under the Endangered Species Act.
In a statement, ZOAEF said it hoped to work with the ZOAFS Foundation and the Florida Fish and Game Commission to create a long-term plan for the project.
“Our zoo will serve as a model for future wildlife management and conservation efforts in the state,” it said.
“Through this initiative, the Zootopia Foundation will help support the expansion of zoos in the country.”
Zoos provide an important habitat for wild cats, and the Zocalo Foundation is committed to supporting and expanding the wild cat population by creating and sustaining a sanctuary.
“In addition to its unique environmental and cultural attributes, zoos also offer unique educational opportunities for visitors, and offer a unique opportunity for people to meet the animals.”
In the past decade, zoo staff have helped manage the Florida wildcat populations, but the species has not been protected under the law, according to the ZOZOA website.