ATLANTA, Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of Georgia Natural Gas' commitment to community outreach, the company will present Zoo Atlanta with $500,000 in support of Zoo Atlanta's Grand New View capital campaign. The donation will support Zoo Atlanta's revitalization of the historic Cyclorama building, making it a one-of-a-kind event destination overlooking a new African Savanna where the zoo's African elephants and giraffes will roam. Other transformations will include a grand entry plaza from Cherokee Avenue, following the demolition of the Zoo's present administration building. The project is estimated for completion in 2019. "Georgia Natural Gas believes in giving back to the communities where we live, work, and operate," says Michael Braswell, president of Georgia Natural Gas. "The Zoo connection really runs deep for our company and employees, since we have volunteered there for over a decade. We are excited to be able to make this contribution to Zoo Atlanta, which will help further their ability to serve Georgians." "Thanks to good corporate citizens like Georgia Natural Gas, we not only met, but exceeded, our financial goals for completing the Grand New View: Elephants, Events and Expansion campaign. We're deeply grateful to Mike Braswell, Drew Evans and everyone at GNG for this donation," said Raymond B. King, president and CEO of Zoo Atlanta. "As president and CEO of Southern Company Gas and board chairman of Zoo Atlanta, I am extremely grateful for the generous gift Georgia Natural Gas has chosen to donate to the Zoo," said Drew Evans. "Zoo Atlanta is the community's zoo, and this gift will allow the Zoo to serve the Atlanta community in a greater capacity for years to come." Georgia Natural Gas is a premier natural gas marketer, serving approximately half a million customers. Georgia Natural Gas is actively engaged in the community with a community service focus on children and education; seniors; energy assistance; and environment and sustainability initiatives.