Denver Zoo's Expansion: A New Era for Animal Care and Conservation
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Denver Zoo is embarking on an exciting new venture, expanding its animal care and conservation efforts with a 570-acre facility in Weld County. With nearly seven times the size of its urban campus in City Park, this expansion will provide a dedicated space for developing conservation breeding programs and caring for endangered species.
Thanks to the generosity of the Lembke family, the Lembke Family Preserve will serve as a sanctuary for these animals. Although it will not be open to the public, this expansion signifies a significant step forward for Denver Zoo and its commitment to wildlife preservation.
Phase one of the development will focus on expanding the current Species Survival Plans (SSP), which aim to protect and breed endangered species. The facility will also provide ample space for growing animal families and temporarily relocating animals during habitat maintenance and renovations at the zoo's Denver campus.
Phase two will see the development of a conservation center that will focus on conservation breeding and the reintroduction of threatened or endangered species, particularly those found in Colorado and surrounding areas. Ungulates, such as eastern bongos or zebras, are expected to be among the first species to be part of this expansion.
This expansion project is made possible through the Denver Zoo's "Into the Great Wild Open" conservation campaign, which aims to raise $75 million. Many donors, including Robert Lembke, an urban water broker, have contributed to this campaign, recognizing the importance of preserving wildlife for future generations.
The Lembke Family Preserve represents a new era for Denver Zoo, providing a larger space to care for animals and conduct critical conservation work. This expansion will help Denver Zoo continue its mission of protecting and preserving wildlife, creating a brighter future for both animals and humans alike.
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