The Zoo raised $7.5 million from the Santa Barbara community to design and build its Discovery Pavilion, a new education center which opened to the public on March 22, 2014.
Discovery Pavilion features 2,300 square feet of classroom space, an art gallery, animal kitchen, volunteer and staff library, volunteer lounge, and more. Last year, the Zoo celebrated its 50th anniversary, set an attendance record (at nearly 500,000), and provided more public programs than ever before. More than 250,000 children, teens, adults participate in formal and informal educational offerings, and more children visit the Zoo than any other single institution in Santa Barbara.
What's Inside Discovery Pavilion
Get a peek at the inside of the Zoo's newest project here.
Funding for the Project
The funding for Discovery Pavilion came entirely from the community, businesses, foundations and Zoo members. The Santa Barbara Zoo is a private nonprofit corporation, and depends on community support, not tax dollars, for operations and improvements.