Hugh Merkle Team - COMPASS RE

Zoo Welcomes ‘Roos, Emus … & Toucans Soon

Posted March 28th 2022

The Cape May County Zoological Society recently announced the successful completion of its Habitat Fundraising Campaign that was launched last spring. The campaign – titled “New at the Zoo! ‘Roos, Emus & Toucans Too!” – had a fundraising goal of $250,000, needed to build two new habitats to house up to 10 red kangaroos, two emus, and toco toucans at the Cape May County Park & Zoo.

The campaign was fully funded by donations to the Cape May County Zoological Society, and construction is nearing completion for the two-phase project. Phase 1 included the creation of a 12,000-square-foot outdoor area to house the kangaroos and emus, as well as a 500-square-foot, heated indoor living space for the animals. The two emus, Grant and Timmy, and three female kangaroos – Proodence, Gertroode and Roothie – already are enjoying their new home. A male kangaroo is expected to arrive this spring, and the zoo also recently welcomed a male juvenile kangaroo, Regis, who celebrated his second birthday in March.

Phase 2 of construction – the habitat for toco toucans – is nearing completion featuring 6,500 cubic feet of open area, and a 200-square-foot indoor space. The construction matches the existing South American habitats in this area, measuring 16 feet high, and includes a variety of branches, perches, and ropes. The toucans’ arrival had been scheduled for spring; however, the presence of a new avian flu in the country has temporarily delayed their arrival under quarantine restriction. And finally, the zoo’s female capybara, Budette, gave birth to her second litter of two pups on Feb. 3 and celebrated their two-week birthday on 2/22/22!

“We here at the Cape May County Park & Zoo are extremely fortunate to have the Zoological Society as our exclusive fundraising organization,” Park Director Ed Runyon said in a statement. “The Zoological Society ran a very successful campaign, and as a direct result made it possible for us to bring kangaroos, emus, and toucans to our Zoo for the first time. Throughout the multiphase project, the Society supported the Zoo at every step to assure that our new friends have the perfect homes to move into. We look forward to bringing many more improvements and new animals to the Zoo with future help from the Zoological Society.”

What’s next? Construction continues on the new Safari Café, expected to open later in the spring. The Zoological Society launched its next fundraising campaign to update the snow leopard habitat with a goal of $25,000. Funds received are planned for renovations to the leopards’ indoor sleeping area and plantings and new toys to enhance the animals’ enrichment experience. The Zoological Society will also begin an annual appeal outreach for funding through 2022 on larger projects including a new waterfall feature in the bald eagle habitat; for the care and wellness of animals; a large quarantine holding facility; and outdoor yards for the Medical Holding building, just to name a few.

Donations can be made by going to Be sure to follow the Facebook page for the Cape May County’s Zoological Society for more exciting updates and animal announcements!

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