$3M bequest to pay for new animals at Wis. zoo
- Associated Press
- October 22, 2013 - 9:05 AM
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. — The Chippewa Falls Park Board has been named the beneficiary of a $3 million trust fund, which officials hope to use to build new zoo buildings and acquire new animals.
An Eau Claire Leader-Telegram report (http://bit.ly/HcLvUT ) says the Park Board is considering a $2.3 million project at the Irvine Park Zoo. The project involves expanding certain enclosures, which would give the animals more room and also allow them to be viewed in winter months.
The money comes from the Gerald O. Thorpe and Evelyn M. Thorpe Foundation. Family attorney B. James Colbert told the Park Board on Monday the late couple's estates aren't settled, but the final amount should be in the $3 million range.
The foundation will provide the board about $150,000 per year.
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