The Oregon Zoo will ask Portland-area voters to approve $125 million of general obligation bonds in November to build more natural and humane habitats for elephants, penguins, primates, hippos and polar bears.

Voters within the Metro regional government are being asked to raise their property taxes by about $18 a year for a $200,000 home for the next 21 years.

The money would pay to expand elephants’ living space from one-and-a-half to six acres, to renovate the zoo hospital, to build new homes for polar bears and chimps, and to build a new sewer system that will filter water and reduce usage for its penguin and rhino habitats.

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