Funding the Transformation

The transformation is being funded through private funding from the A Wilder Vision Capital Campaign, combined with Monroe County Capital Funding.

Photo by Beth LaPierre

Capital Campaign Funding

The funding required for the five-year transformation is anticipated to be $60 million.

Monroe County, operator of the Seneca Park Zoo, has committed $37 million through its Capital Improvement Project budget.

The Seneca Park Zoo Society, the Zoo’s non-profit partner, is raising the remaining $23 million to ensure the complete transition of the Zoo. The Zoo Society has full commitment from their Board of Trustees, with 100% of the board donating to the campaign.

Gifts of all sizes are needed. A wide range of naming opportunities are available. Please download the attached naming list below:

Campaign Progress

As of October 31, 2020, the A Wilder Vision campaign has raised over 33% of its $23 million goal. This has been made possible through the generosity of these wonderful supporters:

Eric and Nicole Allen
Anonymous (5)
Bohdan and Maureen Baran
Bruce B. Bates
Leonard and Lorraine Bayer
Kevin and Tami Best
Charles Bliss
Bond Schoeneck & King
Carol Brink
Gavin and Danelle Brownlie
David and Margaret Burns
Trisha and Chris Butera
Linda and John Buttrill
Hamilton and Gail Clark
Spencer and Elizabeth Cook
Joseph and Judith Darweesh
Davenport Hatch Foundation
Mark and Maureen Davitt
Tim DeGrave and Laura Fornarola
Maureen and Bob Dobies
Shelly and Kirk Doran
Empire State Development (2)
ESL Charitable Foundation
Exxon Mobil Foundation (matching
Frontier Glass
Kathleen Gamlen
Jim Grapenstetter
Gregory and Anna Griebel
Mary Ellen Brothers Guon
The Hallowell Fund
A. Scott Hecker
Mike and Meredith Hurley
Barbara Kelley and Tom Riley
Christine Klos and Don White

Lake Immunogenics
Jerald and Ann LeBlanc
LeChase Construction Services, LLC
Peter and Margot Lutz
Linda Mapstone
John Littwitz
Edward and Carolyn Maruggi
Jim and Linda McElheny
Monroe Veterinary Associates
JP Morgan Chase Foundation
…. (matching gift)
Gary and Karen Muisus
Stephen Nash
Donald Newcomb
Nanette Nocon
Kevin Nowack and Iris Zimmerman
Edward Petinella
The Purcell Family
Irma Pylyshenko
Janet Reed
Pamela Reed Sanchez
Riedman Foundation
Suzanne Robinson
Lisa Seaman
Ivette and William Shaheen
Randy and Tara Shepard
Chris and Courtney Stern
Stifel/The Brown Group
Robert and Gayle Stiles
Robert and Susan Touhsaent
Arturo Trigilia
Matt Vahue
Mary Wagner
Warner Fund
Claudia and David Weber
Maureen Whalen
Lynn Willard
Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson
…. Foundation
Estate of Martha Bullock
Estate of Ruth Service

Capital Campaign Committee

• Stephen Brown
• Gavin Brownlie
• Mo Dobies
• Mike Hurley
• Barbara Kelley
• Peter Lutz
• Mike Morse
• Debby Wilson

For more information on how to donate, contact us directly at 585.336.7205