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Family donates $1 million to zoo's polar bear exhibit

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Hudson the polar bear will make his home at the Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park zoo.

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A Winnipeg family has made a major donation to the Assiniboine Park Conservancy.

Richard Morantz and Sheree Walder Morantz, and their family, have donated $1 million to the Imagine a Place campaign.

The donation is specifically designated toward the 10-acre Journey to Churchill exhibit currently under construction at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, and scheduled to open next summer.

The family's support will be recognized at the Churchill Coast Viewing Window inside the Tundra Grill restaurant where diners will be able to watch the polar bears through a wall of windows.

The donation means the conservancy has raised $121 million so far from its Imagine a Place fundraising efforts. Its goal is $200 million.

"Assiniboine Park is an iconic landmark in the hearts and minds of anyone who has grown up or lived in Winnipeg. It is a shared space that elicits happy thoughts and memories, which we all have in common, no matter what our differences," said Sheree Walder Morantz, in a Assiniboine Park Conservancy press release.

Margaret Redmond, president and CEO of the Conservancy, thanked the family for "their very generous leadership gift."

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