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Brookfield Zoo Receives $40M, Largest Single Donation in Its History

The Brookfield Zoo has received the largest single private donation in its history, thanks to an anonymous benefactor.

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The zoo will receive $40 million from a family with “a long history of support for the zoo.”

“We are immensely grateful for this unparalleled act of generosity,” said Dr. Michael Adkesson, president and CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society and director of Brookfield Zoo. “This significant gift will support the construction of Tropical Forests, featuring state-of-the-art outdoor and indoor environments for our great apes, as well as a series of exciting new animal habitats that will be revealed in the Zoo’s forthcoming master plan, slated for release in early 2024.”

The Chicago Zoological Society is attempting to “further develop strategies for the allocation of these funds in order to maximize their impact.”

The Brookfield Zoo wants to unveil its 2024 plans next year to coincide with its “new master plan and Next Century Campaign.”

“This donation will enable us to execute our ambitious plans for Brookfield Zoo and its important role as a conservation organization committed to protecting and preserving endangered species around the globe,” added Adkesson.

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