BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Zoo is getting some state help to close the funding gap for its new state-of-the-art habitat for polar bears and other arctic species.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that $750,000 from the NY Works program will allow the $18 million project to move forward.

Cuomo said the zoo is the most visited tourist attraction in Erie County and is an important driver of economic activity.

The new Arctic Edge exhibit will be more than 1 acres in size and will replicate the snowy, frozen climate of the Arctic Circle. Two large exhibits will house polar bears. Other enclosures will feature arctic wolf, bald eagle and Canadian lynx.

There will be two large saltwater pools with underwater viewing so visitors can watch the bears swim and play.