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The Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo has been a point of pride for Arizona for nearly 60 years. The Zoo is the state’s most popular cultural attraction, serving 1.4 million guests each year.
Decades of success in fulfilling its mission to inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world through impactful education programs and conservation efforts have made the Zoo an international leader among zoological organizations. Fulfilling this mission requires ongoing investment in capital projects that best serve the Zoo’s animal collection and guests – The Pride Campaign has done precisely that.
Completion of the $15.1 million Pride Campaign has already funded a series of capital projects in four major areas of the Zoo, which have dramatically impacted guest experiences, strengthened educational offerings and expanded programs for species recovery. Achievement of The Pride Campaign will be one of the ultimate accomplishments for the Phoenix Zoo.
These projects include the expansion of the Johnson Conservation Center, which supports the Zoo’s species conservation research and programs; hallmarks of the Zoo and for which it is internationally recognized. With the completion of the Johnson Conservation Center expansion, sand cat, Aldabra and Galapagos tortoises’ habitats, the new Doornbos Discovery Amphitheater and Giants of the Asian Realm, presented by The Kemper & Ethel Marley Foundation, we are excited to begin work on the final project of the Campaign – Predator Passage, the new and expanded Africa Trail.
Predator Passage, the expansion of the Africa Trail will be the Zoo’s largest capital project to date, spanning six acres and resulting in an immersive experience for guests featuring new, up-close animal viewing. A new and expanded one-acre habitat will feature African lions and hyenas. Expected completion timeframe is Spring 2023.
Aldabra Tortoise Habitat
Funded | Opened March 2018
The Aldabra tortoise is endemic to the islands of the Aldabra Atoll in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar. With their new home, guests will look forward to many more encounters with these amazing animals.
You might have heard? There’s a new “mob” coming to town. A new habitat introducing a meerkat colony will be featured; providing guests an opportunity to witness this diminutive species’ highly evolved social structure. Constantly active and highly social, these creatures are among the most entertaining of Africa’s small mammals. Upon completion, a group (also known as a mob) of these highly social, small carnivores will call the Phoenix Zoo home.
Guests will go “hog wild” as the fascinating warthogs will be featured in a renovated and expanded habitat. Warthogs are environmental engineers that play a critical role in African grassland ecosystems. They have large protective pads on their faces and padded areas on their legs that allow them to kneel and eat short grasses; excavating the landscape, which can help smaller species utilize the grassland habitat. With a face only a mother could love, warthogs are among the more interesting mammals of Africa and are also a long-time favorite in our early childhood education and Camp Zoo programming each year.
Lion, Hyena and Amur Leopard Habitats
Some of Africa’s highest profile predators including African lions and spotted hyenas will be featured. As top predators and captivating species, lions and hyenas may be the most prominent residents of Africa. The African lion and spotted hyena will reside adjacent to one another within their respective new habitats. The combined area will feature rotational yards with two separate living spaces that either lions or hyenas may inhabit on any given day. Guests will always be able to experience these spectacular animals, from two different viewpoints through an expansive glass viewing area.
The exhibit would also feature the highly endangered Amur leopard, a close relative of the African leopard. Equally impressive, the Amur leopard is one of the most endangered species on the planet, with fewer than 50 individuals estimated to be living in the wild. The Phoenix Zoo would be a significant contributor to the conservation of this endangered cat. Based on the recommendation of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the Phoenix Zoo has agreed to play a major role in the AZA Amur Leopard Species Survival Plan® (SSP), participating in efforts to save these beautiful animals from extinction.
Additional surrounding enclosures and winding trails connecting guests to even more intriguing exhibits – will bring this remarkable array of indigenous species to the desert environment of Papago Park.
[NEW!] Predator Passage Brick Fundraiser
Predator Passage is under construction! As the final element in The Pride Campaign, this long-awaited and exciting project expands the Africa Trail.
To celebrate this milestone, we are offering the opportunity to purchase personalized bricks which will be installed as pavers in the Passage. Don’t miss your chance to become a “piece” of the Zoo!
Note: Bricks will be installed at the tail-end of construction (early 2023).
INDIVIDUAL BRICKS – GIFTS OF $250 AND ABOVE
Bricks come in two different sizes:
- 4” x 8” Brick – 3 lines | 20 characters per line maximum – $250
- 8” x 8” Brick – 5 lines | 20 characters per line maximum – $500
OPTIONAL: Add one of ten different animal images to your brick for an additional $50. If you choose to add an animal image, leave at least 10 character spaces open in your inscription.
CORPORATE BRICKS – GIFTS OF $750 AND ABOVE
8” x 8” bricks can be laser etched with your company’s logo. Inscription space will vary depending on the size of your logo.
building a future
The Phoenix Zoo is a non-profit organization that receives no government operating subsidy. It relies solely on earned income and philanthropic support. Of the $13.9 million campaign total, $1.4 million will be restricted to a permanent endowment to support operational and maintenance expenses of these new expanded projects.
For more information, contact Lorraine Frias at 602.914.4322.