Thursday, December 23, 2010


Zoo Meets Needed Money Match

After a last minute appeal, the Louisville Zoo has raised enough money to secure a $900,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation.

The zoo announced six weeks ago that it needed to raise $828,000 by Jan. 1 or risk losing the Kresge money.

Zoo Director John Walczak says the final needed pledges came in this week.

The grant and recent contributions give the zoo $25.6 million to complete an arctic-themed exhibit called Glacier Run.

Part of the exhibit featuring seals and sea lions opened last spring. Another part with polar bears and grizzly bears will open next spring.

An education center with snowy owls and arctic foxes and an aviary featuring Steller's sea eagles are due to open in 2012.

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