PHASE II (AFRICAN SAVANNAH PHASE) DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
FOR HEART OF THE ZOO
RATCLIFF and RIPP
Resolution for $488,000 negotiated through public works. Sponsored by Supervisor
SCHWETZ went over the details of the resolution, which approves Phase II work. 7 acres
of the zoo needs to be upgraded. The Zoo has outgrown our current education capacity.
AZA standards continue to evolve and we want to be in front of that. Looking at better
utilizing the area between the current giraffe and rhino exhibits. Redesign will meet
evolving zoological standards. Focus on flexibility in habitats with the potential for mixed
species spaces. This redesign would increase revenue opportunities by adding a pavilion
that could host 200 people year round. The Zoo would potentially be able to get a second
rhino with more space. Indoor giraffe barn would include a natural substrate. This work
will have a high focus on sustainability. The Zoo plans to utilize our Interpretive Master
Plan to focus on empathy throughout the whole design. Discussion ensued.
A motion was made by ERICKSON, seconded by JUSTUS, that the Resolution be
recommended for approval. The motion carried by a voice vote.
E. Reports to Committee
RFP for concessions is still under review, should have more information by the end of
January. New contract would start April 1. DARCANGELO is looking at vendors to see
how they fit in with our mission and vision. He is looking at sustainability and
conservation in proposals to see how vendors will invest in our facilities to enhance
KEEN research project is moving forward with demographic study that will give us more
information about equity and inclusion and provide insights about who is visiting the zoo
and what the barriers are preventing people from accessing the zoo.
The Zoo's new after school program started yesterday. We are utilizing some of our
scholarship money. Also raised $13,000 from end of year Zoo Lights tickets for
scholarships. We are starting with Franklin and Randall Elementary because they make
the most sense geographically. Most students currently enrolled are on partial
Annual Report is almost complete. Will send the final draft out to the Commission.
F. Future Meeting Items and Dates
The next meeting will be held on February 1 at 7:30am The meeting will take place