Prebys gift gets San Diego Zoo renovations moving

Guests watch a polar bears at the San Diego Zoo's Experience Wall in the Conrad Prebys Polar Bear Plunge. Courtesy:

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The San Diego Zoo received $15 million — the largest donation in the history of the park — but more money is needed to complete a pair of renovation projects, an official said Monday.

The gift from philanthropist Conrad Prebys gets the ball rolling on the Australian Outback, with more modern exhibits for koalas and other animals from down under, a eucalyptus forest and an educational area, said the zoo’s Yadira Galindo.

The project is due to open in two years, Galindo said.

Africa Rocks will create an “immersive” exhibit that includes a gentle slope to bring zoo-goers up from a canyon and into an area with rock formations for African mammals, reptiles and birds, she said.

Galindo said Africa Rocks is scheduled to be completed by 2016, in time for the zoo’s centennial celebration.

Prebys, who has donated to a number of area organizations, has given the zoo $25 million for new exhibits.

Galindo said the zoo depends on donations and will need more to complete the projects. How much money is still needed has not been determined, she said.

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