Growing and Evolving for Tomorrow.
The Zoo prides itself on continuously evolving, creating exciting new and updated exhibits that give our guests the opportunity to understand and fall in love with animals and nature. By transforming the guest experience from a passive viewer to an active participant, the Zoo strives to encourage an appreciation and respect for the dignity and intrinsic value of all living things. Our hope is that this appreciation will inspire guests to make a difference in the natural world.
Zoo’s Master Plan
Originally created in 1989, the Zoo’s Master Plan allows us to make changes and improvements by replacing deteriorating exhibits and buildings and improving visitor accessibility, convenience and safety. Over the past two decades, more than $30 million has been raised from community individuals, foundations and corporations and invested to replace or repair outdated Zoo facilities and exhibits.
Master Plan improvements made at the Zoo include: Asian Highlands (1996), Lions Lair (1997), My Big Backyard (2001), African Rift Valley (2003), Rocky Mountain Wild (2008), the Front Entry Plaza and Grizzly Grill (2010), Scutes Family Gallery (2012) and Encounter Africa (2013), The Overlook (2014), Australia Walkabout (2015).
Our next big improvement – Making Waves – is happening now!
The Making Waves project improves and expands the homes for our hippos and penguins while supporting breeding programs for both species and creating new, up-close experiences for our guests. It also supports our growing programs for children ages 2-17 through the construction of a new EdVenture complex that will feature ADA-accessible restrooms for guests. Learn how you can help make waves for this exciting project – slated to be completed by 2019 – by clicking HERE.
To learn more about our Zoo improvements:
Contact Kelley Parker, Director of Development at [email protected] or call 719-424-7810.