BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Buffalo Zoo was celebrating Wednesday night for two very different reasons.
First, zoo officials cut the ribbon on the new entrance on Parkside Avenue. Then Senator Mark Grisanti made a big announcement about a financial boost to the Bear Necessities Campaign to help keep WNY's loveable polar bears Luna and Kali here in the city.
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"In our Senate conference through capital improvements, I'm proud to tell Donna here tonight, and I'm not taking away from the program tonight, but I figured everybody is here, that there's an additional $400,000 that is coming in from the state and the governor's office to make sure that was done," Sen. Grisanti said. "We cannot lose these two polar bears. It's a tremendous amount. Now that Benderson has finally gotten the donors on this side, there's an entire project that needs to be done on the other side."
The new entry plaza and Arctic Edge, a state-of-the-art polar bear habitat, comes in at a whopping $18 million price-tag.
Right now, the campaign to keep the bears in Buffalo stands at over $15 million.
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