Capital Campaign

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What is the Capital Campaign?:
In 2002, the Zoo created a new three-phase Master Plan. 

Without major renovations and better exhibit and holding areas for many of its animals, the Buffalo Zoo would have lost accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). It is possible that the USDA would have ultimately shut the Zoo down.

However, unlike many master plans, and plans of all types, Master Plan implementation is well-underway and has already proven its success.

In Phase I, the Buffalo Zoo completed projects including:

  • Vanishing Animals
  • EcoStation
  • Otter Creek
  • Sea Lion Cove
  • M&T Bank Rainforest Falls

Unlike many Master Plans, Phase I was completed on-time and on-budget.

Actually, that's not entirely correct. Phase I was so financially efficient that Zoo leadership was actually able to do the unheard of: it completed three projects from Phase II in Phase I.

The Elephant House, Vet Hospital Expansion and the Delta Sonic Heritage Farm were all completed before scheduled.

The new exhibits led to a substantial increase in attendance and earned income, helping to sustain the 175 plus full-time, part-time and seasonal positions employed by the Zoo.

And the best is yet to come

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