SIOUX FALLS, Ark.
— National Zoo New York is the frontrunner to land the $3 billion facility.
A zoo board vote on the proposal is scheduled for Thursday in New York City.
The project has been in the works for several years, but its approval will require a $4 billion bond vote and approval by the U.S. Senate, which is expected to take place after the end of the year.
Zoo New York, which has been a popular destination for tourists, would be the first zoo to open a national zoo in the U, according to its website.
“I’m excited about the possibility of the New York Zoo being the first national zoo to take over our national parks,” said New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo, who is a fan of the project.
“The state has been very supportive of the zoo since it was built.”
The proposal was first reported by The New York Times.
It’s unclear if the project has the backing of President Donald Trump, who has criticized the national park system for its underfunding.
Trump has proposed cutting funding for the park system by nearly $20 billion, including a proposed $3.3 billion cut in the National Park Service’s budget, which the state relies on for $4.2 billion of annual funding.
According to a May report by the Center for American Progress, Trump’s proposed cuts could save $5.5 billion over the next 10 years.
Last month, the New Jersey-based nonprofit Save the Parks said it was urging Congress to fund the national zoo.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov.
Phil Murphy have also said they would support the plan.
National parks like the National Zoo are among the most important resources in American society.
Since the park is in New Jersey, it would be eligible to receive funding from a state fund that allows it to operate.