LAS VEGAS, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The lion habitat that opened at the MGM Grand casino in Las Vegas in 1999 is to close at the end of January, resort officials announced.
"That is part of an overall property-wide renovation project," MGM Resorts spokeswoman Yvette Monet told the Las Vegas Sun.
"There are going to be significant changes in the casino and hotel," she said. "We're always assessing our properties to determine how we can provide a new and fresh product to our customers."
MGM Resorts began a yearlong $160 million remodeling of the MGM Grand in October.
The Sun said the lions will be moved to The Cat House, a ranch outside Las Vegas where they live with trainer Keith Evans. It is unclear what will take the animal attraction's place at the MGM Grand.
"I never understand corporate thinking," Evans told the newspaper of the decision to close the habitat. "The lion is the hotel's logo, but times change I guess, and we're a free show."
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