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Woman's estate leaves $1M so NC Zoo can buy land

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ASHEBORO, NC (AP) -- A Greensboro woman really, really liked the zoo.

The News & Record of Greensboro reports a woman bequeathed $1 million to the North Carolina Zoo Society after her death so the state-owned zoo near Asheboro could buy land for animals to roam.

Russ Williams with the zoo says he met 83-year-old Juanita Lamport Spalding in her apartment about 10 years ago. Spalding died in May.

Her will says the money should be used to buy and manage one or more wilderness areas to benefit native North Carolina wildlife.

Spalding's obituary doesn't describe the source of her nest egg, but says she worked at a university lab at UCLA, for a doctor, for the telephone company in New Mexico and then insurance companies in Greensboro.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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