County Urged to Allow Private Operation of Niabi Zoo

Source: Jim Mertens, WQAD, October 7, 2015

Biddle is confirming what the Commission has already heard: the long-term health of Niabi Zoo would be better served if a private operator took over the day to day activities. In other words, get the County Board out of the Zoo business. … Biddle recommends a new public-private partnership takes control of the day to day care of the animals, the fundraising for the zoo, and all the basic operations.   The County Forest Preserve would continue owning the property and everything in it. He says Niabi needs to grow its fundraising base and donors want to have a direct connection with those who it.  It’s transparency that may not be possible with the current operations at the Zoo.