Late Reds owner's foundation gives zoo record gift

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Posted: Dec 01, 2011 7:08 AM
Late Reds owner's foundation gives zoo record gift

Cincinnati's zoo has received an elephant-size gift from the foundation of the late Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden director Thane Maynard says the $5 million contribution from the Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation is the zoo's single biggest gift ever. It will help with construction of the new Africa exhibit, which will cover 8 acres.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports ( the money was donated months ago but was first announced on Thursday.

Marge Schott died in 2004 at age 75. She was a major supporter of the zoo and once donated an elephant named Schottzie. Schott's younger sister, Bobbie Unnewehr, is a foundation board member and says the zoo was Schott's favorite place and seems to have become one of the foundation's favorite places.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,