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A donation of $120,000 from Eaton Corp. will help build private suites for each of the Zoo's elephants. (PHOTO: Zoological Society/HGA)

Eaton's $120,000 Zoo donation will help fund new elephant bedrooms

Eaton power management company has donated $120,000 to the Milwaukee County Zoo's Window to the Wild capital campaign, the Zoological Society of Milwaukee announced Tuesday morning.

Work began on Adventure Africa, the first phase of the 25-year Window to the Wild project – which will transform nearly a quarter of the zoo's developed area – in spring.

Eaton donated $100,000 during the "quiet" phase of the campaign, which was publicly announced in May.

Another $10,000 gift followed and the company committed another $10,000 in August.

"It is remarkable to see a company like Eaton not only make one donation but to come back and continue to give," said Zoological Society president and CEO Jodi Gibson. "We are honored to work with them as we continue to make the Zoo a key destination site."

The money will be used to help fund one of five elephant suites – or private "bedrooms" for each of the zoo's elephants – in the new Elephant Care Center, which is expected to open next spring as part of the completely new elephant exhibit in the Adventure Africa area. The gift buys Eaton naming rights on one of the rooms.

According to the Zoological Society, the Milwaukee County Zoo is the only zoo within a six-hour drive of Milwaukee that houses elephants.

"We are proud to support the Zoological Society and the Milwaukee County Zoo," said Jon Wehrli, VP/GM, Power Reliability Division, Eaton.

"Eaton's engagement and passion for supporting the Zoo embodies the spirit of the employees of Eaton as well as our company's aspirational goal to make our communities stronger and be active stewards of the environment."


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