On Wednesday, it was announced that the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation and the Phoenix Zoo received a $1 million donation from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.
According to an official press release, the funds will go towards the creation of a new African lion and spotted hyena habitat along the Africa Trail.
“This grant from The Nina Mason Pulliam Trust will help to create this unique and exciting habitat for two admired and revered species,” Derrick Hall, chair of the Pride Campaign and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks said.
$12.1 million in full, the zoo’s Pride Campaign will consist of the construction of new, more immersive habitats. The habitats will help in strengthening the zoo’s commitment to the conservation of endangered species.
Approximately 80 percent of the campaign’s fundraising goal has been met.
The project will give guests an immersive journey into life in West Africa, including a Namibian Village and several new animal habitats.
“We are excited to bring the vision of the Namibian Village along the Zoo’s Africa Trail to life, allowing the Phoenix Zoo to continue to inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world through education, conservation and experiences, only found here,” Hall said.