Planning for the Future.
The Zoo's Master Plan, originally created in 1989, allows us to make changes and improvements by replacing deteriorating exhibits and buildings and improving visitor accessibility, convenience and safety. Over the past two decades, more than $30 million has been raised from community individuals, foundations and corporations and invested to replace or repair outdated Zoo facilities and exhibits. View CMZ's Master Plan Map.
Improvements made at the Zoo include: Asian Highlands (1996), Lions Lair (1997), My Big Backyard (2001), African Rift Valley (2003), Rocky Mountain Wild (2008), the Front Entry Plaza and Grizzly Grill (2010), Scutes Family Gallery (2012) and Encounter Africa (2013).
The next phase in the Zoo's Master Plan: Now that Encounter Africa is complete, the Zoo will begin work on our Australia Improvement Project, which will provide new (and improved!) accommodations for our wallabies, Budgie Buddies, and more. This project will make this guest-favorite area more accessible to our more than 600,000 guests, our staff and, most importantly, our animals. We're working on plans for this project now and look forward to making some big changes Down Under!
The Zoo prides itself on continuously evolving, creating exciting new and updated exhibits that give our guests the opportunity to understand and fall in love with animals and nature. By transforming the visitor experience from a passive viewer to an active participant, the Zoo strives to encourage an appreciation and respect for the dignity and intrinsic value of all living things, and to challenge them to make a difference in the natural world.
To learn more about our Australia Improvement Project, please contact Kelley Parker, Major Gifts and Planned Giving Manager at (719) 633-9924 ext. 164.