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|Contact for The Polar Bear Project:|
|Eileen Floyd (Major Gifts Director) at (907) 341-6431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Thank you to all of our paw-sitively awesome project donors for helping us to move The Polar Bear Project forward. Your support is greatly appreciated.|
|Upper Image: Entrance to exhibit between existing and new areas. Lower Image: View of expansion, water feature, natural substrate.|
The Polar Bear Project is being designed by the Portico Group, an award-winning architectural firm located in Seattle, Washington. Watterson Construction of Anchorage will be the general contractor on the project. The $8 million project will be built in two phases. Phase I is devoted to the Polar Bear Transition Center, a dedicated facility to care for polar bear cubs coming from the North Slope. Phase II focuses on the expanded natural substrate (yard) and water feature with an elevated public viewing area. Our goal is to break ground on Phase I in 2014 and complete the Polar Bear Transition Center in 2015, to help celebrate the Anchorage Centennial.
Phase 1: The Polar Bear Transition Center
Phase II will be the more "public side" of the project, estimated at $6 million. Phase II will add the following elements to complete the project:
Why Begin This Project Now?
This is the first major expansion project on an animal habitat at the Alaska Zoo in 15 years. We have been busy working on infrastructure projects such as the animal infirmary and commissary which serve all of the permanent and temporary residents of the zoo. This is a good time to move forward on this project for polar bears because of:
"The Alaska Zoo is an incredible asset to the citizens of Anchorage and to Alaskans, along with being a top destination for visitors" ~ Mayor Dan Sullivan
"Not only would this expansion provide an improved facility for the education of the public on Arctic ecosystems and polar bears, it would also improve the zoo's ability to care for orphaned cubs and provide new research opportunities on captive bears that may benefit their wild counterparts" ~ Elizabeth LaVerne Smith, Acting Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
For more information on how you can join our team and support The Polar Bear Project, please contact Eileen Floyd (Major Gifts Director) at (907) 341-6431 or by email at email@example.com.