WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society holds a ribbon cutting for the new Ruth and Ted Baum Family Conservation Entry Plaza.
“This project represents an investment in our Zoo as the second-most visited cultural attraction in Palm Beach County,” said Palm Beach Zoo CEO and President, Margo McKnight. “It provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere to our visitors and members.”
The new entry was funded thanks to a $1.25mm donation from Palm Beach philanthropists, Ruth and Ted Baum. Ruth Baum is a member of the Zoo’s Board of Directors and will chair its newly formed Design Committee.
“The new Ruth and Ted Baum Family Conservation Entry Plaza at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society embodies the Zoo’s mission and conservation message: to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world,” said McKnight.
From solar panels that power the entry and energy efficient LED lighting fixtures to a rainwater irrigation system and the usage of reclaimed materials, designer Michael Singer infused the plaza with an energy efficient design and function. The new entryway will serve as a welcoming space for visitors to the Zoo for generations to come.