The Abilene Zoological Society has announced plans for a new $3 million major expansion and renovation to the Abilene Zoo’s 50-year-old giraffe exhibit. The new “Giraffe Safari” exhibit will double the size of the current facility, allowing the zoo to a

The Abilene Zoological Society has announced plans for a new $3 million major expansion and renovation to the Abilene Zoo’s 50-year-old giraffe exhibit. The new “Giraffe Safari” exhibit will double the size of the current facility, allowing the zoo to a

By Jo Ann Wilson - Marketing & Development Coordinator - Abilene Zoo

 

 

 

The Abilene Zoological Society has announced plans for a new $3 million major expansion and renovation to the Abilene Zoo’s 50-year-old giraffe exhibit. The new “Giraffe Safari” exhibit will double the size of the current facility, allowing the zoo to add a bull giraffe and begin a breeding program. The new exhibit will include a new barn for the giraffes, new viewing areas, a new bridge, and a new covered feeding deck that will allow visitors to have an “eye-to-eye” experience while feeding the giraffes. Three smaller exhibits of African animals are also a part of the renovation plans. {{more}} “The exciting part is that we have already raised $2.5 million toward the project through the generosity of local foundations and businesses,” said Sara Core, Abilene Zoological Society President. “We are now asking for community support to help put us over the top,” she said. “If all goes as planned, construction will start this fall and we’ll have a beautiful new giraffe exhibit in the Spring of 2015.” Two fundraising campaigns, one geared toward children and another for individuals and businesses has begun for this final phase of the fundraising for the project. The Tall Neck Club is an exclusive club for kids who want to be a part in making the exhibit happen. For a one-time membership fee of just $35, members will receive a club membership card and badge, a plush giraffe, a tour of the new barn when it’s completed, be in the first group to feed the giraffes in their new home, and have their name displayed on permanent signage at the exhibit. The Buy-a-Spot campaign for individuals and businesses consists of several levels of giving, beginning at $100. The name of the donor, or the donor’s designee, will be displayed on permanent signage at the exhibit. Folks interested in being a part of the project can contact the zoo’s Marketing and Development Coordinator at 437-4692. About the Abilene Zoo: The Abilene Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is home to over 800 animals of 250 species. The Zoo offers many educational programs and children’s activities, including camps, birthday parties and Behind the Scenes Tours. Over 217,000 people visited the zoo last year. The Abilene Zoo is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm. Last admittance is 4:30 pm. For more information: www.abilenezoo.com or 325-676-6085.