A project at the Riverside Discovery Center to expand the habitat of the Marble Fox at the zoo has received a significant financial jump-start.
On Tuesday,Gering High School Student Council members presented a ceremonial check for $1,500 to outgoing RDC Director Anthony Mason, with last-minute donations bringing that figure up to $1,700.
GHS social studies teacher and Student Council sponsor Matt Salomon explained how the kids raised the money. “We sold a lot of snacks in just two weeks, and that’s why we were thinking we would only make maybe a few hundred dollars. And then we had some community members come forward, and they agreed to match our money, if we raised a certain amount in a certain amount of time, they would give us an additional check,” said Salomon. “We met four of those benchmarks, so we kept getting additional checks, and we had two people today just randomly decide to join in.”
Kit is a male marble fox that was rescued and brought to the zoo, as he could not be returned to the wild.
The expansion of his habitat is anticipated to take several thousand dollars, and the plan is for construction to take place next year.