Brookfield Zoo Celebrates Record $40 Million Donation, Its Largest Ever

CHICAGO - Sept. 22, 2023 - PRLog -- Brookfield Zoo is thrilled to announce its receipt of a landmark $40 million gift, marking the single largest private contribution in its illustrious 89-year history. This unparalleled generosity comes from a deeply supportive family who has chosen to remain anonymous in the public eye.

This monumental donation underscores the Zoo's enduring mission to prioritize animal care, promote wildlife conservation, advance education, and nurture the connection between communities and the splendors of nature. Funding will be allocated toward numerous initiatives, most prominently the enhancement of animal habitats, the fortification of conservation endeavors, and the elevation of guest experiences.

Dr. Michael Adkesson, the esteemed president and CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society and the guiding force at Brookfield Zoo, shared, "Our hearts are filled with gratitude. This gift paves the way for the creation of our Tropical Forests—a cutting-edge sanctuary for our cherished great apes—and sets the stage for the unveiling of innovative animal habitats as part of our eagerly anticipated master plan, due in early 2024. As we journey toward our centennial in 2034, this donation strengthens our resolve to sculpt an unmatched future for Brookfield Zoo."

Highlighting the indispensable role of zoos in bridging the gap between individuals and nature, Dr. Adkesson added, "This transformative contribution fortifies our mission to conserve endangered species globally. While the benefactor remains unnamed, their unwavering dedication to a harmonious future for all life forms gleams unmistakably."

As stewards of this generous donation, the Chicago Zoological Society, overseeing the Brookfield Zoo, remains committed to maximizing the gift's impact in line with the donor's vision. An unveiling of intricate plans is on the horizon for 2024, coinciding with the introduction of the zoo's visionary master plan and the groundbreaking Next Century Campaign.


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