An already sizable expansion project at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo is growing even bigger after donations exceeded the original fundraising goal.
The zoo has received several seven-figure donations that have brought the zoo’s budget up to $22 million. The original fundraising target was $16 million to $18 million.
The zoo is continuing to fundraise and is now looking to raise $24 million.
The zoo announced plans last year for a 10-acre expansion project. Original plans called for a new education building, increased space for marquee red pandas, and additional space for giraffes, tigers and spider monkeys.
The extra funding will allow the zoo to add a cheetah habitat, a giant anteater exhibit, a playground, a cafe and an event lawn with a stage.
The first phase of the expansion will open in May.