Thursday, December 11, 2008

Funding for N.C. Zoo may not be in the cards

According to WRAL, 2009 may not be a good time for the good folks from the N.C. Zoo to ask for more funding, despite being in need of repairs and new exhibits.

A legislative panel "decided it would be useless to seek about $4 million for the zoo next year. The panel said the economic slump is creating budget shortfalls for the state.

"Zoo officials want to use 70 percent of admission revenue to repair old exhibits and build a new one. To do that, the state would have to pay more of the park's operating costs.

"The committee said it would ask the Legislature to allow the zoo to participate in commercial activities, such as development of hotels."

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