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Giving Tuesday donations bring white rhino to Madison

Giving Tuesday donations bring white rhino to Madison

MADISON, Wis. - The Henry Vilas Zoo raised enough money on Giving Tuesday to bring a new white rhinoceros to Madison.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday the zoo received more than $11,000, which organizers said will allow them to bring the new rhino to Madison.

"Bringing a new rhino to the zoo is a part of the zoo's ongoing contribution to conservation efforts, and will become a new favorite experience for zoo guests," Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in the release. "Henry Vilas Zoo always has been a community-supported zoo and we hope that the community actively supports the zoo tomorrow during this year's Giving Tuesday."

An anonymous donor has pledged to match up to $10,000 in donations made on Giving Tuesday to help bring the rhino to Madison.

By bringing a new rhino to the zoo, the zoo will continue its commitment to rhino conservation in memory of George the white rhino, who died earlier this year at the old age of 44, officials said. White rhinos typically live 20 to 30 years in the wild.

Last year, the Friends of the Zoo raised more than $18,000 on Giving Tuesday, which allowed the zoo to add a male harbor seal named King Julian to the Arctic Passage exhibit and bring in Chelsea the Bornean orangutan to join Datu and Kawan.

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