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Old 01-04-10, 12:00 AM   #1
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Why are some zoos free and others not

How come some zoos are free like the ones in Chicago Lincoln Park, St. Louis, and Washington DC. Where exactly does the money come from to support them? Personally I like free zoos, cause I am not fond of spending $15-$20 in admission tickets to go to a zoo that I can go to free in a different city.
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Free zoos are almost certainly supported by local property or sales taxes on the basis of being educational and an enhancement to the community. Even many of those that charge are partially supported by tax dollars and rely a lot on volunteers to operate.

The local Oregon Zoo charges $10 for adult admission, and also receives a substantial amount of their capital improvement funds from property taxes. It's been a little contentious lately, since several of their projects have been over budget and late or under their original scope.

There's also an entirely privately owned one, the Oregon Coast Aquarium near here. Their tickets are $15, but it's a far more impressive and educational exhibit, in my opinion.
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Of course we should pay our way. No one wants the animals underfed.. But, we have a friend who was an animal care taker with a Zoology degree and worked in a major Pennsylvania zoo. Had been there for years.. Zoology her life's work , she loved her job..
. But, privatization has been a big thing in the US zoo business.. Major zoo's in Indianapolis , Phoenix have been privatized.. Our friends' zoo was privatized in Penna...
The new management brought in their own people that she had to train and ultimately ended up replacing herself- with this new lesser qualified replacement..
It's rare privatization does not result in higher fees , so says our friend.... / No matter what, you'll pay in the end for any given service one way or another...
. Our friend never again found a zoo job.. There are not all that many major zoo's in the US...
From our Penna example, private zoo management does not necessarily take over ownership of the zoo, just control over it's management..
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