Zoo Receives $2M Donation, Renames Polar Bear Conservation Centre

Zoo Receives $2M Donation, Renames Polar Bear Conservation Centre

Polar Bear Conservation Centre Donation
Hartley Richardson, chairman of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy board, and donor Douglas Leatherdale during a renaming ceremony at Assiniboine Park Zoo on Monday, September 14, 2015. (SHANE GIBSON / METRO WINNIPEG)

WINNIPEG — The IPBCC is now the LIPBCC. Allow us to explain.

The Assiniboine Park Conservancy has received a $2 million donation from Doug and Louise Leatherdale towards its Imagine a Place Campaign.

In doing so, the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre will now being known as the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre.

“Assiniboine Park Zoo strives to be a leader in education, research and conservation and its donations such as this that make our work in those areas possible,” said Margaret Redmond, president and CEO of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy.

The campaign’s fundraising efforts have now raised more than $133 million towards the overall $200 million redevelopment goal.