MONTREAL, Sept. 20, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ecomuseum zoo is proud to announce that the Trottier Family Foundation has committed to an exceptional donation of 2.5 million dollars toward the zoo's 2013-2017 capital campaign. The donation represents the largest donation in the Ecomuseum's history.
The objective of this new fundraising campaign is to raise a total of 7 million dollars over the next five years to support the organization's development and its invaluable mission.
A donation of 2.5 million over five years
« Our family foundation is pleased to contribute to the development plan of our local zoo. The Ecomuseum zoo's competencies in animal care are undeniable, as is its desire to preserve Québec's biodiversity. We turned toward the Ecomuseum zoo in order to contribute to its environmental education objectives, fundamental to its visitors of all ages. The Ecomuseum zoo greatly deserves the community's support", said Mrs. Louise Rousselle Trottier.
According to David Rodrigue, Executive Director of the zoo, this very generous contribution supports a first stride toward a new era. "The Trottier family's exceptional gift represents a monumental step in the pursuit of large-scale projects that are essential to the Ecomuseum zoo. Through their donation the Trottier family provides strong support for environmental education and conservation in their community and throughout Québec."
Fulfilling great needs
The goal of the Ecomuseum zoo's 2013-2017 campaign is the completion of many projects that will allow visitors to benefit from an exceptional bonding experience facilitating connections with local fauna in a unique setting, a veritable reference with respect to environmental awareness. Among these projects we mention the following:
- The modernization of the center for animal care which will include a complete veterinary clinic;
- The extension and modernization of the River Otter habitat;
- The development of a mixed habitat for Woodland Caribou and Arctic Fox in a setting reflective of Québec's tundra;
- The development of habitats to house new species such as the Eastern Cougar;
- The modernization of pathways and boardwalks for the development of new interpretation programs linked to the flora found within wetlands and marsh areas;
- The development of a new permanent educational exhibit within the visitor center.
An ambitious objective
Well underway thanks to the donation from the Trottier Family Foundation and other generous donors, the Major Campaign, which aims to raise 7 million dollars by 2017, will be led by a dynamic committee composed of dedicated people involved in the community. Large foundations have already shown great interest in the Ecomuseum zoo, notably the Molson Foundation who has also committed and additional $200,000 to the fundraising campaign.
« Thanks to these generous people certain of our projects are already underway. We are touched by the involvement of so many individuals who support our mission" concluded Mr. Rodrigue.
About the Ecomuseum zoo
The one and only exterior zoo on the island of Montreal, the Ecomuseum zoo has been offering its visitors a unique and natural experience for now 25 years. Open to the public for the first time in 1988, it is operated by the Saint-Lawrence Valley Natural History Society, a not-for-profit organization with a mission centered on education, research and applied conservation. The Ecomuseum zoo offers to the public the possibility to share intimate glimpses into the lives of more than 115 species of live animals native to Québec's Saint-Lawrence Valley. The Ecomuseum zoo is open 364 days per year, allowing visitors to enjoy the beauty of its 11 hectare site. For more information, visit www.ecomuseum.ca
Image with caption: "From left to right : Senator Larry Smith, Mrs. Lora Smith, president of the Ecomuseum zoo's board of directors, Mr. Lorne Trottier, Mrs. Louise Rousselle Trottier and Mr. David Rodrigue, Executive Director of the Ecomuseum zoo. (CNW Group/Ecomuseum Zoo )". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130920_C8793_PHOTO_EN_31095.jpg
SOURCE: Ecomuseum Zoo
For further information:
or for an interview with Mr. David Rodrigue, please contact:
514 457-9449, ext. 103