African Expansion

The Chattanooga Zoo is proud to announce the newest capital campaign, Reaching Great Heights, to raise $10 million dollars for a new African Expansion. 


The African Expansion will feature:
  • Multiple exhibits including giraffe and lion, 
  supplemented by smaller African animal exhibits and mixed species holding areas.
  • Multiple view opportunities per exhibit
  • Commanding views of the new exhibits from the front entry of the Zoo
  • Stations for animal feedings and encounters for guests
  • Areas for interactive education encounters, keeper talks, and small group presentations
  • Special Event Plaza holding up to 300 guests
  • Additional concessions building with catering 
  • Additional restrooms for guest accessibility 

The African Expansion support's the Zoo's Goals & Mission:

  • Create an exhibit that will propel the Zoo to new 
  levels as a leading destination in Chattanooga.
  • Strengthen the Zoo’s business model and 
  create opportunities for increased revenue.
  • Further the Zoo’s conservation and education mission.
  • Establish higher standards of exhibitory, animal viewing, and immersion.
  • Integrate the new development into the overall guest experience. 


  • 2018: Opening of the Giraffe Exhibit and Event Plaza
  • 2020: Opening of the Lion Exhibit and Smaller Animal Exhibits

A project of this magnitude requires widespread support from all Zoo supporters. Your generous support and love for your community Zoo will help us achieve our goals and stay true to our mission. Gifts of all sizes are needed and together we can make this amazing project a reality. 

How You Can Help:

Naming Opportunities                    



If you are interested in a corporate or individual donation, please contact the Zoo at:

Zoo Development Team

(423) 697-1322 x 5720

Darde Long                      Liz Crowe

CEO and President             Chief Operating Officer

(423) 551-3918                   (423) 551-3918  


Thank you for your support of the Chattanooga Zoo! 



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