Source: Steve Kuchera, Duluth News Tribune (MN), Thursday, August 14, 2008
The continued survival of the Lake Superior Zoo may depend upon developing a suitable answer to what Lake Superior Zoological Society Executive Director Sam Maida says is a common question: “What’s new at the zoo?”
…….. It is a challenge thrown into sharp relief by Mayor Don Ness’ plan to turn the zoo over to the private, nonprofit zoological society by year’s end. It was one of a list of cuts and revenue-generating ideas Ness proposed in June to reduce the city’s budget deficit. The zoo posted a $617,368 loss last year.
……. The union, city and zoological society have been meeting to discuss the zoo’s future since Ness’s announcement. “Obviously we’re concerned about protection of the workers there,” said Alan Netland, president of AFSCME Local 66, which represents city employees at the zoo. “And we want both the city and the society to be realistic about what it takes to run an accredited zoo.