Louisville Zoo Receives $2 Million to Expand Elephant Area

Louisville Zoo Receives $2 Million to Expand Elephant Area

The Louisville Zoo has announced a $2 million gift from the Harry Frazier family, enabling the zoo to complete a $3 million expansion of its elephant exhibit.

With the completion of the Harry Frazier Family Elephant Encounter and the opening of a new African area, the zoo has completed the first phase of its Leadership Campaign projects. Phase-two projects will be completed later this spring when the zoo opens its penguin cove. The final project will be an early childhood learning play space, the Cub House, which is scheduled to open in 2018, and the Snow Leopard Leap, due to open in 2019, pending completion of the campaign.

"The significant Frazier family gift gave us the major push we needed to move our current leadership campaign forward," said Louisville Zoo director John Walczak. "We are currently at $8.9 million toward our $10.4 million, and we couldn’t have done it without the support and generosity of the Frazier family. The Harry Frazier Family Elephant Encounter will allow guests to get unique interactive experiences with our elephants, Mikki and Punch."