December 4, 2022

The Memphis Zoo is searching to make $1.5 million really worth of updates to its animal hospital which supplies comprehensive veterinary treatment for the zoo’s inhabitants as properly as other rescued creatures. 

Zoo CEO Matt Thompson introduced the start out of the funds campaign at the zoo’s Teton Trek show Tuesday morning. He stated the zoo is in search of community aid mainly because the people cannot particularly pay back for their possess treatment. 

“(They) do not have insurance policy and they do not carry cash,” Thompson joked. 

The zoo has presently raised a major volume of its goal. 

Tommie Dunavant, wife of Memphis philanthropist and businessman Billy Dunavant, speaks during a press conference announcing renovations on the animal hospital Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, at the Memphis Zoo. The zoo is planning to invest $1.5 million into renovating the hospital as well as buying new equipment.

Tommie Dunavant, wife of renowned Memphis philanthropist and businessman Billy Dunavant, who died past yr, announced an $800,000 reward to the zoo on Tuesday. She claimed her spouse put her in cost of his charitable foundation prior to his dying and requested the zoo be 1 of the donation recipients.

“I know it’s the ideal use of the funds,” Dunavant claimed, incorporating she hoped it would inspire other individuals to add to the zoo’s cash marketing campaign.