For young zoogoers

Magic City Lions Club donates $12,500 to zoo’s ‘Little Lion’s Den’

Submitted Photo Magic City Lions Club presented a check for $12,500 to Becky Dewitz, sixth from left, director of Minot’s Roosevelt Zoo. The Magic City and Minot Lions Clubs have committed to sponsoring the “Little Lion’s Den,” with a viewing window for the smallest zoogoers to take a look at the lions.
Submitted Photo Magic City Lions and Minot Lions Clubs are sponsoring the “Little Lion’s Den” shown at the far right of the rendering of the lion viewing area, a new exhibit being constructed at Minot’s Roosevelt Park Zoo. The “Little Lion’s Den” has a viewing window for the smallest zoogoers to take a look at the lions.

Magic City Lions Club is investing $12,500 toward the “Little Lion’s Den” at Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot. Officers presented the check to Zoo Director Becky Dewitz on Tuesday morning.

The new African Lion Savannah will feature a 3-foot by 3-foot by 3-foot cave with a viewing window for a unique look at the lions for the smallest zoogoers. The Magic City and Minot Lions Clubs have enthusiastically committed to sponsoring the “Little Lion’s Den” for future Lions Club members. The two clubs invited Lions Clubs from the surrounding area to join in the support. The Magic City Lions Club took the lead on fulfilling the commitment, bringing the sponsorship to the halfway point.

Magic City Lions Club gift of $12,500 brings the total income of the Roosevelt Park Zoo Capital Campaign to more than $4.6 million. The New Habitat for a New Century Roosevelt Park Zoo Centennial Capital Campaign has a $5.8 million goal. Capital Campaign Cabinet members will work to surpass that goal for the renovation of the existing big cat habitat for the zoo’s two leopard species.

Construction has begun on the lion and tiger habitats and will be completed later this year. The anticipated completion of the renovation for leopards is set for 2021, the zoo’s centennial year.

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