LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – In honor of the Lupa Zoo’s opening day on Monday, State Senator Eric Lesser and State Representative Jacob Oliveira presented a check to the zoo. 

A check for $100,000 in funding for the zoo was presented Monday to make Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and virtual visit improvements. Funding for the check came from the fiscal year 2022 budget.

The president of the Zoo, Joan Lupa, told 22News she’s so proud of how far they’ve come since they first opened more than 25 years ago, “I’m just overwhelmed. We started with just a few pheasants and miniature horses in 1996, and what we accomplished and what we built here is overwhelming. What happened here, what you see is thanks to the community support, to our members, and our patrons.”

The zoo is now open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“I am proud to present this funding to Lupa Zoo, a Ludlow institution dedicated to conservation, education, and connecting our community to animals,” said Sen. Lesser “The park does important work protecting our wildlife and providing fun and educational programming in our community, and I am glad to see its mission continue.”

“As a life-long Ludlow resident, Lupa Zoo is a fixture in our community bringing joy to families throughout New England,” said Rep. Oliveira “The pandemic was hard on many community zoos, that is why I am pleased to present funding secured by the House & Senate as they upgrade their facilities and programming for this new season.”