Roaring about renovations at Ross Park

By Perry Russom

July 10, 2013 Updated Jul 10, 2013 at 11:57 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park roars about some recent changes.

The first phase of its renovation project included improvements to infrastructure and refreshed some older exhibits.

The tiger exhibit has been repaired and reopened, a new viewing window was installed in the penguin exhibit and the old aviary has been transformed into a rain forest exhibit.

"Our attendance this year to date is up 13 percent from last year and we have a long ways to go to get back to the days where the zoo had over 100,000 visitors annually," said Zoo Director Steve Contento. "Two years ago the annual visitation was in the low 40,000's so you see the room for improvement there."

Contento said the renovations should spark the continued rise in attendance.

Phase one cost the zoo approximately $75,000.

The zoo still has two more phases of renovation to complete, which are scheduled to be finished by next year.