The Phoenix Zoo announced it has reached its goal of raising $22.5 million for its first major capital campaign, allowing it to fund several projects on the way toward creating a World Class Zoo. The zoo’s initial goal for Phase I of its capital campaign when it began in 2008 was $20 million, but it was revised as project costs exceeded that amount.
With these funds, the zoo has built or is building three major state-of-the-art animal exhibits, a multi-purpose education and event center, a dramatic new front entry and a new volunteer and administration facility. It also funded a maintenance endowment to offset additional operational expenses from the new facilities.
The final contributions that allowed the zoo to reach its capital campaign goal were a $500,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and a significant estate gift from Bobbie Dapeer, a 30-year member of the zoo and cherished volunteer.