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|Polar Bear Project Contact: 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. Donor names are listed in the scroll box alphabetically by last name, with business names inserted by first letter.|
Purchase your limited edition polar bear mugs in our Gift Shop today. We are offering two designs, the stylized polar bear cub face (left mug) and the image of the polar bear cub (right mug). The center mug shows the Polar Bear Project logo, which is on the back of both mug designs. Mugs are $10 each, so purchase one or both for a unique gift or for your own enjoyment. If you would like to place an out-of-town order, email Eileen Floyd at email@example.com. Shipping costs will be $15 per box, with up to two mugs in one box. Proceeds from mug sales go toward the Polar Bear Project.
|Photo above: The Polar Bear Transition Center is outlined in yellow.|
Polar Bear Project Overview:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.