IRVING, TX (Oct. 2, 2020) – The Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation announced today it will donate $10,000 to the “Giraffe and Friends Capital Campaign” of the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center, on behalf of KSNT-TV and KTMJ-TV, the Nexstar Inc. television stations serving Topeka and the Northeast region of Kansas. The donation will be used to help fund the construction of a new giraffe facility and a barn for antelope and gazelles within a three-acre habitat.
KSNT-TV and KTMJ-TV have a long history of supporting the Topeka Zoo, and the television stations serve as major media partners for the organization on numerous events annually. The construction of a new giraffe facility is part of the Zoo’s master plan; built in 1966, the current giraffe enclosure is the oldest and most outdated animal habitat within the Zoo. The Zoo’s goal is to place its wildlife in habitats and facilities that display an animal’s unique characteristics in a way that enables them to connect with people. Meaningful connections can be made when people see a giraffe gallop by, bend down to drink, or experience a giraffe feeding experience—and strong meaningful connections can change how people think and how they make choices about the environment.
“For years, KSNT-TV and KTMJ-TV have been critical partners to the success this Zoo has had,” said Brenden Wiley, Director of the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center. “KSNT-TV and KTMJ-TV are so much more than television stations. They are community partners to organizations like us that help connect people to our mission, our stories and our needs. We are incredibly grateful for the $10,000 donation from the Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation for our Giraffe and Friends Capital Campaign. This gift demonstrates the commitment of KSNT-TV, KTMJ-TV and Nexstar to invest in the communities they operate, work and live in. The Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center is proud to partner with KSNT on this project. To our community and the people that come here to visit, just wait. This project is going to be amazing!”
Commenting on the donation, Robert Raff, Vice President and General Manager of KSNT-TV and KTMJ-TV said, “The Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center is a real gem and serves close to a quarter-million visitors annually, a number greater than the population of Topeka itself. The Zoo’s giraffe conservation program has drawn national attention and we are extremely pleased to partner with the Zoo on this endeavor. Giving back to the communities served by Nexstar in 115 markets across the country is core to the company’s mission and we are proud to make this donation on behalf of KSNT-TV, KTMJ-TV, Nexstar Media Group, and all of Nexstar’s 13,000 employees.”
The Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation’s mission is to contribute to and work with public charities and non-profit organizations to improve the communities in which Nexstar Media and its subsidiaries do business. The foundation was originally established in 1958 and it makes donations of approximately $350,000 annually.
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