At the zoo

Zoo Society raises $3 million in annual drive, $4.4 million for exhibits.

ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoological Society in Asheboro raised just over $3 million last year, compared to $3.8 million in 2003, when it received a $500,000 bequest.

Of the total, society already has transferred nearly $2.7 million to the Zoo, 13 percent more than it transferred in 2003.

The society also has raised $4.4 million, including $700,000 in the first two months of 2005, as part of a long-term campaign to raise $6 million in private support to increase the size of its exhibits for elephants and rhinos.

That includes $500,000 the society received in February from Leonard and Rose Herring and the Leonard G. Herring Family Foundation in North Wilkesboro to sponsor the rhino exhibit in the Zoo’s planned Watani Grasslands expansion.

The Zoo Society also elected two new board members — Emerson Gower, Florence, S.C.-based vice president of the Southern Region for Raleigh-based Progress Energy, and Addie S. Luther of Asheboro, a retired social worker who is director of Asheboro Day Care.

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