Donation from John H. Schnatter Family Foundation
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 9, 2017) — A $1 million donation from the John H. Schnatter Family Foundation has allowed the Louisville Zoo to exceed its Leadership Campaign goal of $10.4 million with a final raised amount of $11.44 million.
The Zoo today announced the naming of the John H. Schnatter Family Foundation Plaza at Leopard Leap. The area will include a new snow leopard exhibit and an early learning play space, featuring a snow leopard sculpture and interpretive areas, giving staff and volunteers the opportunity to engage guests in activities and conversation. Leopard Leap will be located near the current Tiger Tundra exhibit.
In March 2016, the Leadership Campaign enabled the addition of the Harry Frazier Family Elephant Encounter, and the following summer, a newly revamped African area including an interactive sculpture garden. The zoo also opened the Penguin Cove Conservation Center in May 2016, which introduced a new penguin species to Zoo guests — little penguins.
The early learning play space, The Cub House presented by PNC, is set to open in late 2018. Rounding out the campaign, groundbreaking is scheduled this autumn for Leopard Leap and a new African primate exhibit. The goal is to open the exhibits in 2019, in time for the Zoo’s 50th anniversary celebration.