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The Birmingham Zoo Exceeds Fundraising Goal for Future Cougar Crossing Habitat

The Birmingham Zoo is delighted to announce it has exceeded its fundraising goal to build the Cougar Crossing habitat in the Alabama Wilds area of the Zoo. Philanthropists Phyllis and Larry Wojciechowski kicked off the effort by contributing $1 million to create a new home for Bob, the Zoo’s resident bobcat, and a new cougar. Other community advocates, including AutoTec, Daniel Foundation of Alabama, Hugh Kaul Foundation, McKinney Capital, Protective, Robert R. Meyer Foundation and the Jr. Board of the Birmingham Zoo made significant contributions toward the $4 million habitat.

To raise the final $500,000 needed, Campaign Chair Wally Nall III and a team of fellow volunteers secured additional support from more than 230 generous donors, exceeding the goal on June 15. Once completed, this new habitat will be the centerpiece of Alabama Wilds, guiding Zoo visitors through the importance of conserving Alabama’s native species.

Campaign Chair Wally Nall said, “I’m thrilled with the public’s response to our Campaign!  We’re so thankful for the outpouring of support. I’d like to thank everyone who made a gift in any amount.  All donations matter and do make a difference. It’s been especially inspiring to know that children have participated in this campaign by selling snow cones and asking family members for donations.”

President & CEO Chris Pfefferkorn added, “Alabama Wilds is an outstanding display of our state’s unique diversity.  As guests journey along its paths, they learn about animal conservation and ways we can co-exist with native wildlife. Donors will be proud of what they helped build and your Birmingham Zoo is grateful for their much-needed investments.”

The new Cougar Crossing habitat is expected to open in 2024.