A special fund to assist with the areas of greatest need within the Zoo and Garden.
This has been another remarkable year. In June 2015 we formally kicked off Destination Riverbanks, the single largest expansion of the Zoo’s 40-year history, resulting in the opening of fabulous new grizzly bear and river otter habitats, a spectacular new entrance with more access and improved guest amenities, a new children’s garden where delighted kids can explore tree houses and splash about in a water-play area, and a state-of-the-art sea lion exhibit featuring fantastic underwater views of sea lions and a harbor seal as they swim and dive in an incredible reproduction of San Francisco’s Pier 39. These amazing new additions could not have been built without our generous members, donors and community!
Riverbanks relies on annual membership dues and guest admission fees to provide a high quality day-to-day experience. Yet, with all the excitement surrounding the expansion, we cannot forget the importance of private giving. The personal support of our members and donors has been absolutely essential to addressing the areas of greatest need and fulfilling our mission-driven efforts.
And, thanks to the support of our community, Riverbanks is a powerful economic driver in the Midlands and the state. For every dollar invested in Riverbanks, more than four dollars is pumped back into our local economy.
As we strive to build an even healthier economy and brighter future, we need your help.
Your gift will help us achieve our ultimate goal: to become a place of wonderment for all ages — a place where our kids can get outdoors to connect with nature and a travel destination that continues to attract and engage visitors, strengthen our local economy and enhance our quality of life.
Please consider making a gift or pledge to the Destination Riverbanks campaign and help us raise the final $4 million needed to put the finishing touches on one of the most important Zoo expansions in four decades.
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Thank you for your commitment to one of our community’s most valuable resources.