Zoo to launch capital campaign

“A New Habitat for a New Century.” This is the slogan that will guide Roosevelt Park Zoo’s first large-scale capital campaign leading up to the zoo’s centennial year in 2021. More than $2 million has already been raised. At a press conference set for today at 11:30 a.m. in the Visitor Center, the zoo will announce the capital campaign. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The zoo will break ground in 2018 for a new habitat for Amur tigers near the Visitors Center as well as a new habitat for African lions on the east loop of the zoo where other African species are located.

These first two phases will be followed by the third phase: the renovation of the 1970s-era large cat habitat into a space that encourages climbing for Amur leopards and snow leopards. The three-phase project is estimated to cost $5 million and is projected to be complete by the zoo’s centennial year in 2021.

The zoo attracts more than 90,000 visitors annually and reaches more than 10,000 students through regional education and outreach programs. For generations, the zoo has strived to offer enriching experiences that are engaging for all people, all ages and all abilities, contributing to quality of life and the local economy. The zoo is among only 23 percent of zoos in North America accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the highest accreditation standard.