The Building of the Monterey Zoo

$153,485 of $2.1M goal

Raised by 60 people in 26 months
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Charlie Sammut  SALINAS, CA
WE’RE BUILDING A ZOO AND WE NEED YOUR HELP!

History

When Wild things’ owner, Charlie Sammut, decided to enter the animal industry, he did so with his very special partner, his lion Josef who without a doubt paved the way for Charlie’s career and the future of Wild Things.  In the early days of Wild Things, the primary source of income was the film and television industry.  As the company evolved, they ventured into the education industry and opened Wild Things to the public, welcoming all to see how the animals were kept, trained and cared for. 

In July 2008, Charlie faced his biggest tragedy and challenge of all.  He lost Josef at the age of twenty-two.  Charlie made Josef a promise; a promise that would afford the other animals a better quality of life.  A promise to finish what they had started together.  Wild Things continues to evolve today as it ventures into keeping that promise to Josef and building that home for the animals.  A home they are now calling, “Monterey Zoological Society”.  In 2011 they became a California 501(c) (3) nonprofit and broke ground in 2012 to build a REAL zoo!

The creation of large, natural style exhibits for the animals is the next milestone in the reinvention of the Monterey Zoo. The plan is to develop the unused portions of the 51-acre ranch, constructing large, natural, open enclosures for the larger animals (lions, tigers, bears). Then after completing and relocating the larger animals to their new enclosures, the existing facility will be remodeled offering larger more natural spaces to all the smaller animals. The Zoo’s first exhibit/project is slated to house the  “big” cats (lions, tigers and leopards), after which the goal is to secure sponsorship and funding for additional exhibits 

These projects will bring change to the zoo that will increase levels of interaction and engagement with zoo guests, staff and all of the animals.  Creating nose-to-nose experiences with the animal ambassadors to build lasting guest memories to better the bond between people and the planet.  According to Charlie, “We are excited about this plan because not only will expansion of the Zoo’s footprint enhance the zoo visitor’s experience, it will also significantly improve the site to the benefit of nearby communities, the city and region.”

We want to:
-Create large, natural sytle exhibits for the animals.
- Increase the amount of time visitors can view the animals.
- Continue to educate visitors about conservation.
- Continue to make our facility available to the less   fortunate in our community who might otherwise be unable to travel to SF or Santa Barbara to see animals.
-Create a beautiful urban park offering family fun and excitement, stimulating education programs, and a peaceful place to enjoy nature. 
- Provide educational, interactive experiences that continue to set us apart from most zoos.

We have the animals.  We have the property.  We have the expertise. 

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO BUILD MONTEREY COUNTY'S FIRST ZOO.

The zoo is a non-profit organization and at this time 100% of the dollars needed for the build out of the Monterey Zoo are generated through its own fundraising efforts.

 The breakdown of Phase I:

Completion of Tiger Exhibit - $600,000 FUNDED Estimated completion: FINISHED!

Zoo Pathways and Signs - $130,000 Estimated completion: Partially Completed

Zoo Restrooms - $100,000  Estimated completion: July 2016

Lion Exhibit - $600,000 - FUNDED completion: FINISHED!

Bear Exhibit - $750,000 Estimated completion: August 2016

Leopard Exhibit - $500,000 Estimated completion: October 2016



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Update 5
Posted by Charlie Sammut
9 months ago
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Very special thanks to our donor who is offering a $25,000 matching grant! You know who you are :)
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Update 4
Posted by Charlie Sammut
12 months ago
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Don't miss the Grand Opening of the Lion Exhibit on April 17th. Invitations are exclusive to Zoo Sponsors. Become a sponsor today! Minimum $500 sponsorship for 2 tickets.

See you there!
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Update 3
Posted by Charlie Sammut
17 months ago
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The Lion Exhibit is now Under Construction!
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Update 2
Posted by Charlie Sammut
20 months ago
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The Grand Opening of the All New Monterey Zoo's First Exhibit will be on August 22nd at 2pm. Join us as we release the tigers into their new exhibit for the first time! This event is exclusive to Zoo Sponsors (min $500 for 2 tickets). Don't miss this exclusive event!
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$153,485 of $2.1M goal

Raised by 60 people in 26 months
Created January 29, 2015
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$100
Ron Airey
1 month ago
WH
$50
William Harris
1 month ago

Hope your elephants and all other wildlife are feeling less stressed since the storms.

GB
$250
Greg Bistline
1 month ago
$100
Dorrene Ross
1 month ago
AL
$25
Anita Lopez
1 month ago

I know it's not much but it's something and I would like it to go for the care of an animal. I will try to donate what little I have monthly. I hope it helps

$100
Muriel Stettler
1 month ago
PW
$500
Pamela A Whitehouse
1 month ago
EG
$100
Elizabeth Galbreath
1 month ago
SJ
$250
Sandra Jurkovich
2 months ago
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$250
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2 months ago
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