Four life-size animal statues will prowl a green space at the Bruemmer Park Zoo in West Kewaunee starting in spring 2021, thanks to a $20,000 donation from a member of the Bruemmer family. The Kewaunee County Board formally accepted the donation Tuesday (Dec. 15).

The donation to add an elephant, lion, rhinoceros, and zebra statue was made by Steve Bruemmer, grandson of Leo Bruemmer and great-nephew of Otto Bruemmer, the sons of Kewaunee County Judge Louis Bruemmer, whose name has graced Bruemmer Park since 1930.

“The investment being made into Bruemmer Park Zoo by donors like the Bruemmer family tells us that this park is a special place for a lot of people,” said Dave Myers, the county promotion & recreation director. “These animal statues are very unique additions and we want to give the feel of a natural habitat with vegetation similar to the savannah and the use of cedar split-rail fencing.”

A diagram reviewed by the Kewaunee County Board shows the proposed locations of life-size animal statues at Bruemmer Park Zoo.

Weather permitting, Myers said the department hopes to have the new statues installed by April. The statutes will be placed in the same green space as “Melvin” the giraffe, a giant metal giraffe sculpture created by donor Mike Remme of Kewaunee RV & Campground and installed in 2018

County Administrator Scott Feldt told the board a ceremony marking the donation is expected in March or April.

“This would probably be the first step to a much larger project that will be brought forward to the County Board for consideration,” Feldt said.
The Zoological Society of Kewaunee County continues to raise funds for its long-range master plan, which includes a pheasant exhibit and environmental education center.To donate or volunteer, visit www.bruemmerparkzoo.com.