Q: How is the zoo funding the new tiger and sloth bear exhibit complex?
A: Woodland Park Zoo is primarily seeking private funding to complete this capital and programmatic initiative through the zoo’s More Wonder More Wild comprehensive fundraising campaign. Funds for ongoing operation of the exhibit will come from the zoo’s annual operating budget, which comprises sales revenues, membership, donations, grants and public support.
Q: What is More Wonder More Wild?
A: The zoo’s $80 million comprehensive fundraising campaign is known as More Wonder More Wild. More Wonder More Wild is made up of eight programmatic and capital initiatives that integrate visitor experiences, naturalistic exhibits, animal care, field conservation, educational opportunities, environmental sustainability and technical innovation. The seven-year campaign (2006–2012) includes the now complete initiative to build a new Humboldt penguin exhibit and West Entrance, which were opened in 2009 and 2010, respectively, as well as the Asian Tropical Forest initiative to build a new tiger and sloth bear exhibit complex.
Q: What’s included in the $21.86 million fundraising initiative for Asian Tropical Forest?
A: The zoo is seeking to raise $21.86 million for the Asian Tropical Forest initiative, part of the zoo’s More Wonder More Wild comprehensive campaign. The project costs include funding for design and construction of the new tiger and sloth bear exhibit complex ($19.6 million), exhibit enhancements in the Elephant Forest ($1.25 million), interpretive enhancements to improve the visitor experience in the Elephant Forest and Trail of Vines exhibits ($560,000), as well as related education and conservation programming ($450,000).