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An Expansion Explosion


1990: Long-time and long-attended fundraising events Jungle Jog and Zoobilation are started.

1991: The Seneca Park Master Plan is adopted by Monroe County Legislature. The same year, the Seneca Park Zoo Development Plan is adopted by the Monroe County Legislature.

1993: The very first orangutan ever born at the Zoo was Bandar, born in 1993 to parents Kumang and Jiggs. Bandar was sent to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo in November 1998.

1993: Genesee Trail and the Discovery Center opened. This exhibit was the first phase of the development plan funded by the Seneca Park Zoo Society and adopted by the Monroe County Legislature in 1991. The new exhibit was the first of the natural habitat, landscape immersion exhibits at the Zoo. These exhibits are the future of zoos, and help the visitor see what the animals are like in homes reflecting their native ones in the wild. This exhibit was built with $2 million dollars of Society-raised funds and $500,000 of County funds. Annual attendance is 250,000

1994: The Zoo celebrated its centennial in 1994.

1996: Polar bear Aurora gave birth to her first cub, female Anoki, November 20, 1996. Anoki was transferred to the Rio Grande Biological Park in Albuquerque in December 1997 and now resides at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

1997: The Rocky Coasts exhibit was built with $7.75 million in County funds and $450,000 in Society-raised funds. This state-of-the-art facility provides many of the Zoo's animals with more spacious natural homes, and the Zoo's visitors with an incredible experience of seeing the polar bear and sea lions under water. The Zoo's attendance reached a record-breaking 506,660 in 1997; demonstrating the strong interest in the Zoo of local residents.

1998: The Zoo's Visiting Animal Program begins. Annual attendance 361,783.

1999: Orangutans Jiggs and Kumang became parents to daughter Dara on September 23, 1999. Both mother and daughter remain at the Zoo today. Also that year, polar bear Aurora gave birth to twin cubs on November 27, 1999. A contest was held to name the twins and the winner suggested Inuit names Qilak (the sky) and Sila (the earth).

2001: The Seneca Park Zoo Master Plan is adopted by Monroe County Legislature. Jiggs, father to Kumang's daughter Dara, passes away at age 35.

2002: The Zoo's Butterfly Beltway program was initiated in 2002 to promote the conservation of Monarch butterflies.

2003: The Discovery Center is renamed the Kodak E.C.O. Center. Annual attendance is 343,420.

2004: The Zoo built the Animal Health and Education Complex, including a conference center, two classrooms, a state-of-the-art animal hospital and an interactive Zoologists of Tomorrow (Z.O.T.) Zone.

2005: The Zoo added a cougar exhibit. The new exhibit was specially designed with a glass viewing area to give visitors a nose-to-nose experience with the felines. The exhibit also includes a viewing tunnel, a protected dome that allows visitors to crawl into the exhibit and see these fascinating felines up close and personal.