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N.E.W. Zoo building an overhead canopy tour for this fall

Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 5:06 PM CDT
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SUAMICO, Wis. (WBAY) - Visitors to the Northeast Wisconsin (N.E.W.) Zoo will be seeing some of their favorite animals in a new way thanks to plans for a half-mile long canopy walk.

“We thought this would really be the perfect way to experience the zoo,” the director of N.E.W. Zoo, Neil Anderson, said. “It’s completely different. I don’t think there is really any zoo around especially from Wisconsin that would have something like this.”

The 16 total canopy walk platforms, including five educational elevated spaces, are expected to cost $320,000. The N.E.W. Zoological Society is already about halfway toward the fundraising goal.

“To keep the zoo pertinent and relevant, the society is responsible for raising dollars to build new exhibits and new visitor experiences,” Gary Ehrbar, president of the N.E.W. Zoological Society, said. “In fact, it’s the society that basically raised all the money for everything that is out here.”

Added expenses from a second animal canopy walk are anticipated to bring the project’s total construction tab up to $460,000. However, leaders say the one-on-one interaction walking alongside Japanese snow monkeys and snow leopards will be priceless.

“The zoo is not supported by property taxes,” Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach emphasized. “It’s 100% an enterprise fund, and it’s 100% supported by the people of Brown County. From that standpoint, it’s a gem.”

“I also hope many other leaders like myself of companies in town are getting ready to write a big check to help really get this project going,” Mike Devereux, C.E.O. of Nature’s Way, said.

The canopy tour is scheduled to break ground this October and be finished by November 2021.

If you’re interested in donating, you can visit the N.E.W. Zoological Society’s donation website. (Click here).

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