Zoo Breaks Ground on Laura P. Nichols Penguin Pointe Exhibit
October 07, 2008
(October 7, 2008) – The Arkansas Zoological Foundation and the Little Rock Zoo
broke ground today on the Laura P. Nichols Penguin Pointe exhibit at a ceremony
“This is an
exciting time for the Little Rock Zoo and we are just thrilled to start
construction on the Laura P. Nichols Penguin Pointe exhibit,” said Zoo Director
The ceremony began
with words from George Mallory, Chairman of the Zoo Board of Governs. Mallory was followed by Arkansas Zoological
Foundation Chairman, Debra Miller, City Director Brad Cazort, Mayor Mark Stodola,
and Mark Nichols, executive director of the Laura P. Nichols Penguin exhibit
who gave more than $600,000 to the Arkansas Zoological Foundation for the
naming rights of the exhibit.
“It is with great
pleasure that I am here to announce the start of construction for the Laura P.
Nichols Penguin Pointe African Penguin Exhibit.
My family and I couldn’t be more excited about this wonderful day. My aunt, Laura P. Nichols, a true animal
lover, would have been honored to be here for this special occasion.”
After remarks were
made an official groundbreaking was conducted by Jackie, and African Penguin
from the Fort Worth Zoo, First Lady Ginger Beebe, Mark Robertson of MESA
Landscape Architects, Jeremy Hyde of Hydco Inc., Mike
Blakely, Director of the Little Rock Zoo, George Mallory,
chairman of the Zoo Board of Governors, Mark Nichols, Little Rock Mayor Mark
Stodola, City Director Brad Cazort, and Arkansas Zoological Foundation Chairman
The Laura P.
Nichols Penguin Pointe exhibit is set to open in the spring of 2010 and will
feature both underwater and above water viewing. This one-of-a-kind exhibit will be one of the
only exhibits in the country styled to mimic an African beach shoreline.
The exhibit will
start with at least eight penguins who will be allowed to breed. Several penguins have already been named by
“Penguin Parent” donors who gave $25,000 to the Arkansas Zoological
Foundation. Penguin parents
include: The Coulson Oil Foundation, the
Fiori Family Charitable Trust, the Little Rock Convention & Visitors
Bureau, the Arkansas Zoological Foundation for Blair Allen, Routh Wrecker
Service, and the Laura P. Nichols Foundation for Laura Nichols.
opportunities and other donor opportunities are still available. Please contact Susan
Altrui at (501) 661-7208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more
ceremony was followed by a brunch for donors and guests in Café Africa at the Little Rock Zoo.
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