Kewaunee’s Bruemmer Park Zoo gets $100K donation from family member for new pheasant exhibit
KEWAUNEE – A planned new pheasant exhibit at Bruemmer Park Zoo will break ground this year after a $100,000 matching donation by one of the family members for who the park is named.
Steve Bruemmer is donating the funds, which will be matched by Kewaunee County after receiving support from the County Board and the Zoological Society of Kewaunee County, a nonprofit friends group that fundraises for the zoo. The budget for the new exhibit now is $300,000.
The donation for the pheasants comes on the heels of a $20,000 donation by Bruemmer announced in December to purchase four life-size statues of animals — one each of an elephant, lion, rhinoceros and zebra — for the zoo's green space. Steve Bruemmer is the grandson of Leo Bruemmer and great-nephew of Otto Bruemmer, the sons of Kewaunee County Judge Louis Bruemmer. The park, which is operated by the county, was named in honor of Louis Bruemmer in 1930.
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The current plan for the pheasant exhibit is to have eight to 10 enclosures and include some unique ornamental pheasants along with those more commonly seen in the Midwest.
“This pheasant exhibit will be the first new exhibit at Bruemmer Park Zoo in decades,” said Dave Myers, Kewaunee County Promotions & Recreation Director. “We have plans to include a dozen different species of pheasant, which can be quite colorful birds, making this a great attraction.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring something unique to the Bruemmer Park Zoo,” said Pam Zander, president of the Zoological Society of Kewaunee County. “Bruemmer Park Zoo is a special place, and we have our supporters to thank for keeping it going.”
The Zoological Society is continuing fundraising efforts for its master plan, which includes not only the pheasant exhibit but also an environmental education center. To volunteer at the zoo, make a donation or for more information, visit bruemmerparkzoo.com.
Contact Christopher Clough at 920-741-7952, 920-562-8900 or [email protected].
This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press-Gazette: Kewaunee's Bruemmer Park Zoo gets $100K donation from family member for new pheasant exhibit