An evolving transformation that will benefit our animals, our guests, and our community
Imagine this… A New Look—New Exhibits—New Guest Experiences
It’s all happening as our Brandywine Zoo is…re-imagined. A multi-year, multi-phased $30 million Master Plan will bring dramatic changes to the Zoo. Kicking off with a $10 million goal, The State Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) has already committed an initial $5 million towards the first two Phases. Now, in support of the Brandywine Zoo’s Master Plan, the Delaware Zoological Society embarks on a 3-year, $5 million Capital Campaign to initiate and complete Phase 3.
Change is Good… Transition from Today to Tomorrow
The Master Plan envisions exciting updates that will improve and enhance both our animals’ welfare and our visitors’ experience while retaining most of the features you remember and love. The overall Plan design covers upgrades that include a new entrance, new animals, new exhibits, animal housing and a wellness center, as well as improvements to visitor parking, play areas and other public spaces. It will also increase our ability to provide education on the importance of conservation and biological diversity. In addition, the Plan includes improvements that will allow the Zoo to secure Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) re-accreditation for another 5-year period. It also means the Zoo will continue to have access to animals from around the world that would never be seen in Delaware, which sets us apart from other regional attractions.
The Capital Campaign is Live
The Delaware Zoological Society’s $5 million Capital Campaign will help bring to life Phase 3 of the Master Plan. Here’s what’s included:
- A New Entryway: A brand new entrance will expand the Zoo’s footprint into the unused space in front of the Zoo. The entry complex will include new ticketing and security areas along with a new exhibit. This re-imagined entry will help transform the Zoo, creating greater visibility and accessibility.
- An Exciting South American Wetlands Exhibit: A new multi-species exhibit, located within the entry space, will feature Chilean Flamingos, Sloths and Southern Pudu.
- Behind-the Scenes: Subtle behind the scenes improvements, combined with the highly visible updates, will create a WOW factor that will satisfy our existing Zoo champions’ desire for change.
You Belong in the Zoo!
We hope you will want to be a part of the re-imagining of our Zoo. Your participation and support is critical for us to achieve our objectives. Gifts of all sizes are needed and welcomed. Most of the new exhibits, buildings and viewing areas are available for sponsorship and naming, giving you prominent recognition for your commitment to and support of our Zoo.