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The ice cave will stand out as the single, most dramatic architectural feature of the revamped exhibit, which is being enlarged and improved to accommodate a breeding group of Polar Bears and their young. According to Ms. Turner, “BB&T’s gift has essentially completed our fundraising campaign for Project: Polar Bears.

We are deeply grateful to BB&T for its long and generous partnership with the Zoo, the Zoo Society and the visitors who benefit from this support.” “BB&T is proud to partner with the North Carolina Zoo on this major renovation,” said Chris Henson, Chief Operating Officer of the Winston-Salem based financial institution.

“The expanded Polar Bear habitat will help educate visitors for generations to come about Polar Pears and their plight in the wild.” BB&T’s $250,000 pledge to Project: Polar Bears follows other major gifts to the Zoo Society, including the financial institution’s sponsorships of the Zoo’s Chimpanzee Exhibit and Rhinoceros Collection. These gifts arrived in 2000 and 2005, respectively.

 BB&T’s gift rocketed the Zoo Society to within a few thousand dollars of its $2.95 million fundraising goal for Project: Polar Bears. This total, which the Zoo Society acquired exclusively from private donations, accounts for more than one-third of the Project’s $8.73 million budget. The State of North Carolina provided the remaining funding by investing $3.98 million from its capital expansion budget and another $1.8 million from its repairs and renovation funds into the project. 

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