Zoo receives anonymous donation of $1.5M

February 28, 2019

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A zoo in Ohio says it has received an anonymous donation of $1.5 million for the largest gift in the institution’s history.

The Akron Zoo announced the donation in a statement Wednesday, saying that it will go toward a fundraising campaign for the facility’s current expansion. Zoo officials said the fundraising campaign has now reached $4.8 million of its $6 million goal.

The expansion will include new wildlife areas such as the Pride of Africa and Wild Asia.

The Pride of Africa area is scheduled to open June 1. It will offer a new habitat for a pride of lions and an expanded train ride among other features.

Wild Asia is expected to open in the summer of 2020 and will include features such as a habitat for Sumatran tigers.