COAL VALLEY, ILLINOIS (May 14, 2024) — Niabi Zoo experienced significant damage to facilities and infrastructure during five days of heavy snowfall between January 8-12, 2024.

The Niabi Zoo has set up an Online charity auction to help raise more funds to help cover some of the cost of the extensive repairs. “This auction has something for everyone. We have wonderful artwork from some of our incredibly talented local artist, as well as trips, sports memorabilia, electronics, fun experiences, and tons of great animal themed baskets and gifts!”.

“The Auction begins tomorrow on May 15, and we encourage everyone to view the auction and sign up at”All proceeds from the auction go directly to the repairs being undertaken at the zoo at this very moment. You can also donate on our website at Just go to the upper right corner of the page and click “donate.”

You can also make your tax-deductible donations to the Niabi Zoo Foundation, the only official fundraising organization for Niabi. With a contribution to the Foundation, 100% of the funds will benefit the recovery effort and build a better Niabi for generations to come.

“Zoo staff have been very busy over the last several months getting everything ready for the comfort and convenience of our guest but there is still much to do. We are counting on the continued generous support of this amazing community to help us bring the zoo back from the extensive damage we suffered.” said Jackson.

About Niabi Zoo

Niabi Zoo is now open for the regular admission season. Visit for more information.

Located in Coal Valley, Illinois, Niabi Zoo offers an opportunity to explore more than forty acres that encompass 250 animal species while enjoying the countryside of Rock Island County, were guests can explore and discover more than 700 animals from around the world.

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