Toledo Zoo museum gets new life

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The Toledo Zoo's 80-year old museum will soon house new interactive exhibits and a sensory rich tropical greenhouse. It's part of a major renovation of the building which was built back in 1934.

The WPA building is the last one on the Zoo's campus to be renovated. Promedica is donating $3.5 million dollars to help pay for the project.

This is a partnership between the Zoo and Promedica to help further both organizations missions.

“ProMedica is proud to partner with the Toledo Zoo and sponsor this amazing Museum where people will learn about the connection between our environment, living organisms and modern medicine,” said Randy Oostra, CEO/President of ProMedica. “As an anchor institution, ProMedica’s role is to support institutions like the Toledo Zoo – one of our city’s crown jewels -- as part of our continued commitment to helping build on the progress and momentum taking place in Toledo from downtown into the surrounding neighborhoods.”

“We are honored to have a partner that understands human health and well-being is supported by a healthy natural environment. Since the very beginning, ProMedica has shared our vision of creating a new educational yet entertaining opportunity for the local community to enjoy. This Museum serves as a tangible link to how our animals and conservation efforts are interconnected throughout the world and spans of time and we can’t wait to share it with our guests,” said Jeff Sailer, CEO/President of Toledo Zoo.

Construction on the project is expected to be completed by Spring of 2019.