Abilene Gives

Event date: May 2, 2023 - May 2, 2023 | 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

The Wetlands of the Americas Expansion – Make an Impact!

The uniquely designed elevated walkway that runs throughout The Wetlands of the Americas exhibit provides prime viewing of four species, offers shade on warm days, acts as an outdoor classroom for school children and is a critical element to learning about the Zoo’s endangered whooping cranes and American alligator. The Wetlands of the Americas expansion includes extending the current elevated walkway by an additional 240 feet along the lake wall. With the expansion of the elevated walkway, the current whooping crane habitat will grow by 35% offering new opportunities to ‘howdy’ the Zoo’s whooping cranes and is the first step towards being to participate in a future whooping crane breeding program and increasing educational opportunities that showcase the important whooping crane conservation story.

Expanding this critical element will not only offer each visitor stunning lake views and have a transformational impact on the whooping crane habitat, it will allow year-round viewing of Albert, and increase accessibility to each of these animals.


Your gift on Abilene Gives Day will support the expansion of this vital walkway creating a lasting impact on the endangered whooping crane, our beloved Albert the alligator and each visitor to the Abilene Zoo.

Make a Gift, Spread the Word, Start a Fundraiser, Become a Member – Make an Impact!

The Abilene Zoo 

Abilene Zoo is a place of learning and adventure where families make memories, share the joy of discovery and become inspired to preserve wildlife. For more than 55 years, the Zoo has been the top conservation education institution in West Texas and has become a source of pride for Abilene. Known as a place to get outdoors to see and learn about animals and habitats from around the globe, the Zoo welcomes more than 250,000 visitors each year including thousands of school children.