Capital Campaign

Leadership Capital Campaign

The Louisville Zoo is celebrating 50 years of conserving species, caring for animals, educating our communities and helping Kentucky families create special memories. As the #1 non-profit attraction in the area, the Zoo has significant impact on the local and state economies and supports a vital quality of place for all residents. Projects associated with our Leadership Capital Campaign are strengthening our commitment to the community and region, conservation efforts, animal welfare, quality of place and family fun.

In 2016, we opened Elephant Encounter and Penguin Cove Conservation Center. African elephants Mikki and Asian elephant Punch are utilizing their expanded yard and new enrichment items. Zoo guests can talk with keepers and observe a training session twice daily at their new exhibit. The team is currently preparing to welcome a young calf in summer 2019. Penguin Cove is home to little penguins, which are the smallest of all penguin species. The species population is on the decline in their native southern Australia and New Zealand and conservation efforts at the Louisville Zoo will support global population growth.

During 2019, we plan to offer a variety of ways for individuals and families to connect with their Zoo including opening two new exhibit areas which are possible through the generosity of so many in the community: Snow Leopard Pass and Colobus Crossing. Snow Leopard Pass will open March 9, 2019 and will be home to two snow leopards. Sitting adjacent to the snow leopard exhibit area is The Cub House presented by PNC. This is a new, unique early learning place space that is sure to become a destination for our youngest visitors. Guests interested in seeing this space will have a great opportunity to do on March 9 as we celebrate Snow Leopard Day, which is part of the community resource program, My Big Little Adventure.

Colobus Crossing is set to open in spring 2019 and will be home to four playful colobus monkeys and three Schmidt’s red-tailed monkeys. This new exhibit area is near the redesigned outdoor dining area of the Zoo’s African Outpost restaurant. Guests will be able to relax in a covered area while they enjoy a meal, time with family and perhaps can even catch a special keeper talk or training session with the primates. This new space will certainly delight zoo-goers for generations to come.

We are grateful to the many donors who made this campaign a philanthropic priority for our community. In total, $14 million was raised to benefit all projects associated with the Leadership Campaign. Each gift was a vote of confidence in our work, a voice of support for our role within the community and a reflection of their passion for animals and their Zoo.

Capital Campaign Supported Exhibits:

To learn more about these or future projects, please contact Director of Development, Kelly Grether, at (502) 238-5615 or

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