Couple gifts $2.5 million to Seneca Park Zoo campaign

Maureen and Mark Davitt committed the money to the zoo's A Wilder Vision campaign that aims to transform the property and facilities, the zoo announced Monday. (Photo: Seneca Park Zoo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Rochester couple has gifted $2.5 million to the Seneca Park Zoo for its capital campaign.

Maureen and Mark Davitt committed the money to the zoo's A Wilder Vision campaign that aims to transform the property and facilities, the zoo announced Monday. Mark serves as the CEO of ConServe.

The new Animals of the Savanna building will be named in honor of the Davitts for their gift.

The building will house indoor habitats for Masai giraffes, white rhino, ostriches, and plains zebra.

“Maureen and I have worked in the Rochester community since 1982 and we have raised our family in this community. Part of our personal passion is to help enrich this community for the benefit of all who live and visit here,” Mark Davit said.

The anticipated cost for the overhaul is $60 million. Monroe County has committed $37.75 million, while the Zoo Society has agreed to raise the remaining $23 million.

The new Animals of the Savanna expansion is set to open to the public on Thursday, September 13.

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