Bruemmer Park Zoo expands bobcat exhibit, plus more changes to come
KEWAUNEE (WLUK) -- Kewaunee County Parks and the Zoological Society of Kewaunee County are trying to help grow the long-time zoo.
They're putting a lot of money into the effort as well as caring for the grounds.
The park is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new bobcat exhibit on June third. That's when zoo officials hope to have more information about the final master plan.
The Bruemmer Park Zoo is growing. The zoo has been around since the 1930's, and the president of the Kewaunee County Zoological Society, Pam Zander, said it was in dire need of work.
“It, sort of, sat many, many years with nothing happening,” said Zander “It needed to be updated, the fencing needed to be replaced or it needed to be closed down, and nobody wanted to lose it.”
Now they're looking to the future with hopes of improving and adding to the entire park.
“We decided as a group when we started that the first thing we want to do was take care of the animals we have first, before adding anything,” said Zander.
The first phase of those plans started with the Bobcats. The exhibit of the zoo’s bobcats, Baxter and Bella, is now twice the size.
They used to be a little cramped in their old exhibit, a little anxious," said Mike Rosinsky is the park care taker
In addition to more space, the new exhibit has much more greenery and a better view for the bobcats, according to Rosinsky. Bella and Baxter are all moved in to their new space.
“Their new exhibit was designed for a bobcat and with them in mind,” said Rosinsky.
The new bobcat exhibit is just the beginning of the zoo’s plans to grow.
The master plan for the zoo will be ready in just a couple of weeks. Some of the new improvements for the space will be a nature center, as well as additional exhibits.
“We're looking at a really unique Pheasant exhibit, maybe some raptors,” said Zander.
Many people in the community grew up coming to the Bruemmer park Zoo, including Zander.
“l love the zoo. I grew up around here,” said Zander. “I came here all the time in the summer time and on the weekends with my parents, and I don't want to see it go away, it's a special place.”
The park is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new bobcat exhibit on June 3, and they hope to have more information about the final master plan then.