The press conference took place in the new Elephant Barn. Hybl pointed out that El Pomar Foundation and the zoo share a long history, going back to Spencer Penrose, who created both organizations. The Foundation has made 136 grants to the zoo, totaling nearly $24 million. With the fundraising portion of the effort complete, construction will continue for several months. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo CEO Bob Chastain estimated an official grand opening of the exhibit will take place next spring.