Tuesday, April 3, 2018
From the News: Mississippi's Jackson Zoo is on the move
Moving from one house to another can be a herculean effort. Now, imagine moving a zoo. The enormous expense, the unbelievable labor, the logistical hurdles - they would all be breathtaking. Which isn't to say that it couldn't have tremendous rewards. A major challenge that almost every zoo faces is having to constantly upgrade and repair facilities that were built decades - in some cases over a century - ago. Wouldn't it be great to start with a clean slate and build it the way you want it the first time?
Moving a zoo can also have tremendous financial benefits. In the case of Jackson Zoo, part of the appeal is moving to a location where it will be more accessible to visitors. Such was the motivation of Baton Rouge's BREC Zoo, which tried - and failed - to secure permission to relocate to a new site recently. This defeat, an effort to escape its crumbling facilities and begin anew, was part of the lead-up the zoo's (hopefully temporary) loss of AZA accreditation.