By Sheldon S. Shafer
The Louisville Zoo has received a $500,000 donation to its $10.4 million capital campaign, with the money coming from the Goldring Family Foundation and the Sazerac Co. distilling operations that the family controls.
The gift brings the campaign's total cash and pledges to around $6.6 million, said Zoo Director John Walczak, with the hope to raise the $10.4 goal by the end of 2015.
He said the zoo plans to start construction this winter on the first two projects to be funded — renovation of the elephant exhibit and developing a new penguin exhibit. They are expected to be completed next summer.
Other major gifts so far have included $1 million from both the James Graham Brown Foundation and from the Friends of the Zoo and $680,000 from the Ogle Foundation.