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Rotary Night at Zoo Boise Focuses on Gorongosa Efforts

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The work of cameraman extraordinaire Bob Poole will be featured in Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise airing on Idaho Public Television through September and early October. - BOB POOLE
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  • The work of cameraman extraordinaire Bob Poole will be featured in Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise airing on Idaho Public Television through September and early October.


As anticipation builds for Zoo Boise's still-to-come Gorongosa National Park exhibit, the zoo's most ambitious expansion to date, Boise Rotarians are offering a rare glimpse of the zoo's work in progress Wednesday evening, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

In February 2013, Boise Weekly reported that officials at Zoo Boise were in the early stages of a major capital plan to dramatically change the zoo's footprint in Julia Davis Park, including Boise's own 2-acre Gorongosa National Park, modeled after the iconic preserve in Mozambique, including rare eastern African animals.
 
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In 2015, Zoo Boise began the capital campaign and, in March, officials launched the public portion of the $8.9 million drive to fund the project. Earlier this year, zoo officials said they still needed $1.8 million in public fundraising before April 2017 to cap the drive.

As part of that effort Boise Rotary chapters will be hosting a private evening at the zoo—$20 per person, $10 for children—with all proceeds going toward the Zoo Boise Gorongosa National Park Partnership and the Rotary Gorongosa Global Grant program. The Rotary grants help transport and train health workers to reach thousands of people living in village near Gorongosa. To date, local Rotary officials say they're about half-way to their goal of $48,300 to fund the grants.  

Tickets for Wednesday night's event at Zoo Boise can be purchased at the main gate.