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Zoo’s polar bear conservation centre gets new name

The Assiniboine Park Zoo has thanked a local family for a massive donation by renaming the conservation centre, Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre. Lauren McNabb / Global News

WINNIPEG — The Assiniboine Park Zoo has thanked a local family for a massive donation by renaming the conservation centre, Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre.

The name-change follows a $2 million donation from Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

Doug Leatherdale was born and raised in Manitoba but now lives in Minnesota with his wife.

The conservation centre is part of the Journey to Churchill exhibit and is home to wildlife education and research.

The Assiniboine Park Conservancy has been working to raise $200 million for redevelopment at the Zoo. ┬áThe donation from the Leatherdale family now means they’ve raised $133 million of that goal

Some of the money has already been put towards the Heart of the Park, as well as the Nature Playground and the expansion of the Riley Family Duck Pond.

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