Special Projects

Funding For Special Projects 

Your support for Como Friends helps special projects and improvements grow at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

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For more than 15 years, Como Friends has been the behind-the-scenes fundraising force at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, transforming Minnesota’s most visited cultural destination to meet the needs of our 21st century visitors. From raising the roof on the Visitor Center that first united the historic Zoo and Conservatory, to improving animal care in progressive new habitats like Polar Bear Odyssey, Como Friends has raised more than $35 million in private support to preserve Como while protecting the “open door” policy that provides free admission to millions of Minnesotans every year.

Here’s a look at some of the recent special projects your support has made possible:

  • Centennial Celebrations in 2015: Thanks to contributions to Como Friends, the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory looked better than ever on her 100th birthday with new landscaping, historic recreations of turn-of-the-century horticultural attractions, and a beautiful new Centennial Garden just outside the Visitor Center.
  • Face to Fur Encounters: Como Zoo’s newly remodeled African Hoofstock building was made possible, in part, by contributions to Como Friends. With a more naturalistic interior habitat, and an exciting new public feeding station for giraffes opening in spring 2016, Como Friends is supporting the “face-to-fur” encounters that help inspire life-long conservation.
  • Bringing Back the Butterflies: In 2016, Como Friends contributions are making it possible to reprise Como’s popular “Blooming Butterflies” exhibit, an interpretive garden that teaches visitors about the important connections between pollinators, plants and people.
  • Japanese Garden Restoration: Como’s Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden is a recognized “rising star” in the Japanese garden world thanks to a major restoration made possible by private contributions to Como Friends. The restoration effort is earning rave reviews from Como visitors and Japanese garden experts—improvements that wouldn’t be possible without private investment.

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  • Planned Giving

    Protect Como for generations to come

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    The nonprofit fundraising force at Como celebrates a new milestone

  • Sponsor an Animal

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  • Sponsor a Garden

    Help the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory grow.