Building For The Future - Saskatoon Zoo Foundation



Building For The Future - Saskatoon Zoo Foundation
Building For The Future
Spring 2014
Zoo Attendance Best Ever!
forward with
in-kind support.
Now, we need
support to
make it happen!
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Summer Attendance Up 27%
Since 2010, summer attendance at the
Saskatoon Zoo has grown from roughly
112,000 to over 142,400 visitors. That’s a 27%
increase. This has led to a corresponding
increase in admission revenues—up 42% in
2013 compared to 2010.
From major corporations to local
businesses, charitable
organizations, family
foundations and individuals—
the community has stepped up
to support the Zoo.
It’s proof positive that ‘if you build it, they will
come.’ Over the past decade, donor support
has enabled the Zoo to build beautiful new
facilities—the PotashCorp Ark Phases I and II,
Kinsmen Bear Exhibit (home of grizzly brothers
Koda and Mistaya), Ron & Muriel Bremner
Raptor Roost, McDonald’s Natural Place to
Play Playground, Affinity Learning Centre and
Lion’s Event Pavilion. There have also been
improvements to wildlife exhibits, visitor
facilities and signage throughout the Zoo.
“Starting with the PotashCorp
Ark, donors have created a level
of excitement that has turned
the zoo from one of Saskatoon’s
least known attractions into one
of the most popular in the
province,” says John Moran,
Manager of the Saskatoon
Forestry Farm Park & Zoo.
The Zoo’s transformation would not have been
possible without the dedication of volunteers
and the generosity of remarkable donors.
Carnivore Trail
Enchanted Forest
Memorial Donations 3
2012-13 Donors
Now, the Saskatoon Zoo
Foundation is raising funds to
make the Zoo a truly year-round
visitor experience. Read on to
learn about the Carnivore Trail.
Meet Phoenix, a male red
panda who arrived in
December (an early
Christmas present!).
Red pandas are native to
the Himalayas and China.
They are a ‘vulnerable’
species due to habitat
loss and poaching.
Saskatoon Zoo Foundation
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The Carnivore Trail
We Need Community Support to Make It Happen!
 New trails, new animals, new
excitement—the Carnivore trail will be
a first for Saskatchewan!
Sponsors generously stepping
forward with in-kind support.
The Carnivore Trail Campaign is raising funds to
build an exciting new nature adventure where you
can get up close with wolves, cougars and more.
The Foundation is raising $5 million to build the
new attraction. It is our most ambitious fundraising
project to date. A number of generous sponsors
have stepped forward with in-kind support. Now
we need community support to make it happen.
Please lend your support by making a donation
today. And share the Carnivore Trail vision with
your friends, family and colleagues.
For more information, call Barrie Meissner,
Executive Director at 306-975-2241 or email
[email protected]
The Carnivore Trail will feature one of the
longest viewing tunnels in Canada. 
A number of interpretive displays tell the
story of Northern Saskatchewan. 
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15th Annual Enchanted Forest Draws 60,000 Visitors
Crystal Anniversary event raises $119,200 for Zoo Improvements
The Enchanted Forest presented by BHP Billiton
celebrated 15 years of making spirits bright. Our
‘Crystal Anniversary’ attracted over 60,000 visitors
from November 23, 2013 to January 11, 2014. The
Zoo Foundation’s share of proceeds was $119,200.
Did you know?
The Affinity Learning Centre hosted over
2,000 school children at Saskatoon Zoo
Society programs during the 2013 off
2012-2013 Memorial Donations
were made by:
(L to R) Saskatoon Zoo Foundation Executive Director
Barrie Meissner, Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation CEO
Steve Shannon and BHP Billiton President of Potash Alex
Archila throw the switch to officially light up the forest in
2013. (Huskies Dog Sled Team in background)
2013 Zoogala Raises $42,000
Another sell-out year for Zoogala! Over 500 people
enjoyed an evening of delectable dishes prepared by
Saskatoon Chefs of the Canadian Culinary
Federation, entertainment, raffle, door prizes,
auctions and more. The event raised $42,000 for the
Saskatoon Zoo Foundation.
Thanks to West Wind Aviation, our sponsors, donors
and volunteers for making the event such a success.
Zoogala 2014 presented by SunLife-Moore
Financial Services Corp. is Friday, June 2014
Get your tickets online at
Did you know?
Over 273,000 people visited the
Saskatoon Zoo & Forestry Farm Park in
AIM Electric
Barrie Meissner
Chad & Elisa Bast
David Hildreth
Don McIntyre
Donald Orr
Janet Glow
Gerald & Tina Grandey
Income Assistance and Disability Services
Janet Glow
Judy & David Thompson
Margery Lynch
Mary Simrose
Monica Gilespie
Rob & Barb Griffith
Robert Ward
Roland Oakenfold
Sue & Ric Frayn
SunLife Financial
William & Rhonda Novick
Remembering Randy
In honour of Randy Moore (1955-2012),
who served as president and pastpresident of the Saskatoon Zoo
Foundation, the Foundation is installing
memorial name plates on five new park
benches around the Zoo.
Saskatoon Zoo Foundation Board of Directors
The Saskatoon Zoo Foundation is a non-profit organization operated by
a volunteer Board of Directors and small staff. We are dedicated to
raising funds for capital improvements within the Saskatoon Forestry
Farm Park and Zoo.
Saskatoon Zoo Foundation
1903 Forestry Farm Park
Saskatoon, SK
S7S 1G9
For The Future
Ivan Bergerman, President
Andrew Davidson, Past President
David Engdahl, Treasurer
Jules Hrapchak
Rob Johnston
Veronique Larlham
Bill Peterson
Keith Tallon
Tim Trainor
Keith Weisgerber
Barrie Meissner, Executive Director, 306-975-2241
Email: [email protected]
Judi Burkell, Administrative Assistant, 306-975-2250
Email: [email protected]
Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo (City of Saskatoon)
John Moran, Manager, 306-975-3385
Thank You 2012-2013 Donors!
Defender $25,000 - $99,000
 Potash Corp
 Heather Ryan & L. David Dube
 Nordic Industries
 Prairie Maintenance Ltd.
 Supreme Steel
Provider $5,000 - $24,999
 Agra Foundations
 Arial Electric
 Canadian Oil Sands
 Dutch Growers
 Fasttrack Management
 Gerald & Tina Grandey
 Graham Construction
 Harris Rebar
 Hertz Equipment
 Inland Concrete
 Iron Workers Local 771
 Maxie's Excavation
 Northern BlackTop
 Precision Asphalt
 R. Litz & Sons Company Ltd.
Partner $1,000 - $4,999 (Wolf)
 Dunmac General Contractors
 Escue Investments
 Keith Tallon
 McDonalds
 Supreme Steel
 Tim Timmerman
Exhibit Sponsor $3,000
 Cherry Insurance
 Early’s Farm & Garden Centre
 Hy-Grade Millwork
 LaRoche McDonald
 Moore Financial Services
 Robertson Stromberg
 Saskatoon Fastprint
 Star Egg
Supporter $100 - $999
 Barrie Meissner
 Betty Reynolds
 Edward Blouin
 Fidelity Investments Canada
 Investors Group
 K + S Potash
 Tae-Joo Choi
 Todd Knihnitski
 Vern Ratzlaf
 Veronique Larlham
Did you know?
You can make
a donation or buy your
Zoogala tickets
online at

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