In a huge announcement, T. Denny Sanford and the Great Plains Zoo are coming together to try and bring big cats to the Sioux Falls region.

That’s not the only thing that Sanford was trying for, though.

“I’m a zoo guy. I see an animal I like in the zoo, and I want to name it after me. It’s like a knee-jerk reaction for me. I see, I name,” said T. Denny Sanford.

After the announcement of the donation, Sanford went on to say that he would enjoy the new big cat exhibit even more if it were to be named, “SanFURd”.

“I really like my last name, and so do a lot of people throughout the world. Why not give it a little bit of fun?!” said T. Denny Sanford.

While many area citizens collectively groan when they hear another donation given by Sanford, a select few get super stoked about it.

“I’m really excited about the SanFURd exhibit! My kids love big cats, and now we won’t have to drive all the way to Omaha to see them sleeping really far away!” said one local citizen.

The exhibit will feature a pride of up to 10 lions.

The Sioux Falls Headliner
Adam K. White