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The Stony Creek bridge will serve as the zoo's pathway into the future, allowing for the development of the remainder of the zoo's acreage. Once complete, the bridge expand the zoo's footprint beginning with the creation of new, large exhibits for the North American hoofstock, like bison and elk.





 











 

THE PROPOSAL
Elmwood Park Zoo respectfully requests $1,400,000, over the next five years, to be used toward the construction of the Stony Creek bridge, giving the zoo the space it needs to grow well into the future.

With Pennsylvania's DCED already awarding $1.4M for the project — contingent upon receipt of matching funds — the monies requested would put the zoo on schedule to complete the bridge by 2024, the zoo's 100th anniversary.


 

STONY CREEK BRIDGE
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Upon its completion, the zoo offers to commemorate the foundation's historic gift with an artisanal stone plaque, handsomely placed on the bridge's overpass.


Spanning Stony Creek, which bisects the zoo's property, the bridge will provide access to the zoo's remaining 22 acres of land.



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DIRECT ANIMAL IMPACT

Once bridged, the acreage across the creek will provide the zoo's bison and elk — the largest terrestrial mammals in the United States — with a spacious replica of their natural environments.

Moreover, these hardy winter-loving animals will need little support by way of additional infrastructure during Pennsylvania's mercurial seasons, making the construction of their holding areas quick, efficient and cost-effective

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ZOO-WIDE IMPACT
On par with 2017's blockbuster Trail of the Jaguar exhibit, this next large-scale expansion will not only create a brand-new locus for the zoo's beloved bison-feeding experiences, but also contribute to its earned revenue streams for years to come.
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Trail of the Jaguar
Year-1 Impact:


Attendance:
+32% (+85,000 Visitors)

Memberships:
+55% (+8,000 Members)

Concessions:
+$1,000,000


 

NEW PRAIRIE LANDS
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