Time for Change
The City of Chippewa Falls is in the process of
building a new exhibit complex for the bobcats, cougar, and black bears.
Their outdated cages are obsolete and must be replaced to ensure the
humane containment of the animals placed there.
The construction of the 5,000 square foot bear
enclosure was completed in 2005 and the bears moved to their new enclosure. Funds for this project came from many sources as well as donated labor hours and materials to
help reduce the cost.
the help of your contribution, our organization has been able to donate
over $150,000 for this project. We’ve come a long way but still have a
challenge ahead of us. The
bobcat and cougar exhibits will cost approximately $500,000. The building
that will house the interior holding cages, as well as the maintenance and
prep areas was completed in Fall 2005.
The expensive part of this project will be the outside habitat area
including the themescape and the special netting that is needed to keep
these large cats in. This project is dependent solely on private donations
as no city funds have been allocated for this purpose. From there we
will concentrate on new facilities for the smaller animals.
Animal causes are often forgotten in trying economic
times but their needs remain. Together with the City of Chippewa Falls,
our goal is to have the project completed in 2007.
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