“We won’t settle; the children’s zoo will be the nation’s finest.” In 1961, Lincoln Star Editor William O. Dobler made that statement.

Fifty-some years later, the zoo is taking the next step to being the nation’s finest with a $24.2 million capital campaign and expansion. At last count, the zoo had received $22.6 million in pledges and donations, said Lincoln Children’s Zoo President and CEO John Chapo.

Chapo called upon three past zoo board chairs to help communicate the zoo’s ongoing mission of enriching lives through firsthand interaction with living things to potential donors.

“They all believe in the mission of the zoo,” Chapo said. “They’re all doers and have all invested their time and treasure and talent

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