NEW CASTLE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Delaware Zoological Society Launches New Capital Campain: Our Zoo Re-Imagined $5 Million Sought to Fund Major Brandywine Zoo Changes

New Castle County Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on February 20.

For nearly 115 years, the Brandywine Zoo has been an iconic regional landmark and a beloved destination for generations of Delawareans. Now, this treasured jewel is undergoing significant changes as part of the Zoo’s Master Plan. This Plan re-imagines the Zoo with a balanced approach between infrastructure, guest services and modern animal habitats. As the Plan unfolds, there will be both public and behind-the-scenes changes. To help accomplish this transformation, the Delaware Zoological Society, the Brandywine Zoo’s nonprofit partner organization, has launched a capital fundraising campaign: Our Zoo Re-imagined.

This $5 million capital campaign will fund Phase Three of the Master Plan, resulting in a dramatic new entryway—expanding the Zoo’s footprint, and a new South American Wetlands Habitat that will include several animal species, such as, flamingos, sloths, and the world’s smallest deer, the Southern Pudu. “The face of our Zoo is about to change,” states Megan McGlinchey, honorary campaign co-chair, “and, change is good. Our re-imagined Zoo will enhance animal welfare, improve visitor experiences and strengthen our conservation education and outreach programs.” McGlinchey adds, “It will also contribute to the growth and energy of our community.”

The Brandywine Zoo is a true public-private partnership; the care and management of the Zoo’s land and animals is managed by The Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) and fundraising and business operations are managed by the Delaware Zoological Society.

DNREC has already committed $5 million to finish the first two phases of the plan. The multi-level Madagascar Habitat is under construction and expected to open later this year. Work will start on the animal wellness building in late 2020/early 2021.This modern care and quarantine building is necessary for acclimating new animals and for providing on-going veterinary care. To date, DNREC has completed upgrades to the Andean Condor viewing area, an improved farmyard interaction space, and several interactive play-and-learn areas, including the Honeybee Station.

Our Zoo Re-imagined is underway. To learn more about this exciting transformation and Our Zoo Re-imagined campaign, please go to or contact the Development office at (302) 571-7747 x 206 and Visit the Zoo’s Facebook page at @BrandywineZoo to see the work in progress and view other social media posts at #OurZooReimagined.

The main section of the Brandywine Zoo is closed for construction and will re-open Saturday, April 4. Workshops and special programs will continue to take place as scheduled, in the Education Building across from the Zoo’s entrance. The Traveling Zoo with animal ambassadors will continue during this time.

Media Contact: Karen Galanaugh, Cell:561-632-4378 and

Michael T. Allen, Executive Director, Delaware Zoological Society, (302) 571-7788 ext. 206, Cell (206) 852-2783,

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