The Zoological Society of Kewaunee County recently wrapped up a series of meetings with architectural and planning firm Dimension IV for a master plan for the Bruemmer Park Zoo that includes space for potential new exhibits, a nature center, new public restrooms, ADA accessible pathways and parking.
“This zoo is a landmark in Kewaunee County, and we’re extremely grateful for the continued support that we receive, so we can make improvements,” Pam Zander, president of the Society, in announcing improvements that have been made in recent months.
The public is invited to help celebrate the most recent additions at a special event from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase with proceeds benefitting Bruemmer Park Zoo, and free cake is to be served at 12:30 p.m.
The zoo is back open to the public as bobcats Baxter and Isabella have been moved into their new exhibit that’s nearly twice the size of their former space.
Construction on the bobcat exhibit started in November and was completed as weather permitted, recently finishing with the installation of a secondary fence around the space.
The approximate $35,000 cost of the new exhibit, which measures 48 by 24 feet, was paid with donations made directly to the Zoological Society and at fundraising events that include Zoobilee and ZoupArt.
“These bobcats are loving their new exhibit, both are enjoying the extra room to roam,” said Dave Myers, director of the Kewaunee County Promotion & Recreation Department. “This is just the beginning of what we have planned for this little zoo, so stay tuned.”
There’s also a new entrance sign at Bruemmer Park Zoo, paid for with donations. The $7,438 sign was installed last fall after the old sign was lost in a summer windstorm.
And, another unique addition to the zoo is “Melvin” a 20-foot-tall metal sculpture of a giraffe that was constructed and welded together by Kewaunee business owner Mike Remme.
To make a donation to the Zoological Society of Kewaunee County or for more information about the nonprofit group and Bruemmer Park Zoo, visit www.bruemmerparkzoo.com.