Zoo Expansion Donation

In this July 2017 photo, local philanthropist Harry Fath, right, and Thane Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, pose for a photograph at the zoo, in Cincinnati. Fath and his wife Linda donated $50 million to the zoo toward its goal of raising $150 million for its “More Home to Roam” capital campaign by 2025. (Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden via AP)


CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo has gotten a major boost for expansion plans with a $50 million donation.

The zoo says the gift from local philanthropists Harry and Linda Fath is the largest in its history. It goes to a newly launched $150 million “More Home to Roam” capital campaign.

The zoo plans to improve visitor amenities, build a parking garage to free up land, increasing energy efficiency and water conservation, and improving and expanding animal habitats. A highlight project is an “Elephant Trek” area the zoo says will be nearly five times the size of current elephant space. An Australian-themed attraction with an activity course is also planned.

The zoo draws 1.8 million visitors annually.

Fath, a real-estate entrepreneur, and his wife have long been benefactors of such Cincinnati community institutions.

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Cincinnati Zoo Announces $50 Million Gift to Support Growth

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