Your Birmingham Zoo is kicking off the public fundraising phase in support of the new Cougar Crossing habitat in the Alabama Wilds section of the Zoo. Planning for the construction of a new home for two deserving animals: Bob, the Zoo’s resident bobcat, and a new cougar, the largest cat in the Americas, began in 2019. However, like many projects, the pandemic interrupted its progress. Having already achieved 87% of the overall funding goal, the public is now invited to invest in this addition, which will enhance visitors’ experiences in Alabama Wilds by adding new species to see close up and have the opportunity to learn about.
“Of key importance will be the educational aspect of Cougar Crossing; it will provide a new destination for engaged learning about the magnificent wildlife found in Alabama, and heighten the need for wildlife conservation in Alabama,” stated Chris Pfefferkorn, President & CEO of the Birmingham Zoo. He added, “Annually, 500,000 people visit the Zoo and Cougar Crossing gives us the ability to expose our guests to these incredible animals. Alabama Wilds is a popular destination for all guests to learn how to co-exist peacefully with native Alabama wildlife.”
Cougar Crossing will include indoor animal housing with a viewing area and two spacious outdoor habitats. These habitats will ensure the cougar and bobcat have ample ability to explore and engage in natural behaviors. The public viewing area inside the animal-holding building will provide guests with a look at how the Zoo’s Animal Care Professionals care for these animals.
Campaign Chair Wally Nall, III said, “With our community’s generous help, we can raise the remaining $500,000 by June 15 and will be ready to break ground later this year.” He continued, “Our donor recognition paw prints also provide an opportunity to honor loved ones or remember a significant person.”
Bob the Bobcat at your Birmingham Zoo!