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Little Rock Zoo receives $3 million endowment


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L. Lamor Williams
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Susan Altrui
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Zoo Receives Generous Legacy Gift from
Jayne Marie Granoff Jackson Trust

Endowment Marks Largest Gift in Zoo’s History

LITTLE ROCK (June 13, 2016) – The Little Rock Zoo and the Arkansas Zoological Foundation announced today that a trust valued at close to $3 million dollars has been established to benefit the Zoo after the passing of Jayne Jackson, an animal and zoo lover who died December 17, 2015. The establishment of the trust is the largest donation in the Zoo’s 90-year history.

Arkansas Zoological Foundation Chair Lisa Buehler said the Zoo Foundation is grateful for the generosity of Jayne Jackson and thankful to have the support of this legacy gift.

“Jayne Jackson connected with animals and found a way to connect with the Little Rock Zoo forever by establishing this generous endowment fund,” Buehler said. “The Arkansas Zoological Foundation thanks Mrs. Jackson for this overwhelmingly generous contribution. The establishment of this endowment provides much-needed funding for the Zoo now and in the future. Jayne has certainly left her mark.”

The trust establishes an endowment fund called the Jayne and Fletcher Jackson Foundation and benefits the Arkansas Zoological Foundation. The Zoo Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, raises funds for the growth and development of the Little Rock Zoo. The foundation has raised funds for the Laura P. Nichols Penguin Pointe exhibit, the Laura P. Nichols Cheetah Outpost, the Diamond Express Train and most recently, the new Arkansas Heritage Farm.

Jackson was an avid animal lover who cared for eight Yorkshire terriers and two dozen birds until her death. In November of last year, Jayne celebrated her 70th birthday at the Zoo with friends and rode the Over-the-Jumps Carousel. She exclaimed that it was the best birthday party of her life. Jayne was born in Little Rock and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She worked for the U.S. Attorney's Office, where she met her husband, Fletcher, whom she affectionately called “Bear,” and worked as a Jury Clerk for the U.S. District Court in Little Rock for many years.

Estate Sale Set for this Week
An estate sale is set for June 16-18 with a VIP preview night benefiting the Zoo Foundation set for Wednesday, June 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the home of Jayne Jackson, 1 St. Charles Court. Tickets for the preview night will be available for purchase beginning 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at 1 St. Charles Court. Tickets are available for purchase through 7 p.m. on the preview day. The regular estate sale will be open to the general public at no cost June 16-18.

Proceeds from ticket sales for the VIP preview night benefit the Zoo Foundation, as do sales from the estate sale. If you have questions regarding the preview/sale process, please call Roy at Roy Dudley Auctions at 501-590-5242.

Legacy Giving
Lisa Buehler also noted that the Zoo Foundation has a wide range of options for donors to make legacy gifts.

“The Zoo Foundation would like to remind potential donors to include the Arkansas Zoological Foundation in their estate planning. Doing so can be incredibly meaningful and be a beautiful tribute at someone’s passing,” added Buehler.

The Zoo Foundation offers a wide variety of ways for individuals and families to leave legacy gifts. Legacy giving is a wonderful way to make a lasting impact on the Zoo’s future. For more information, please contact Susan Altrui at 501-661-7208 or email You can also consult your personal tax or financial representative and let them know that you would like to leave a legacy for the Arkansas Zoological Foundation in your trust or will.