ZOO LAUDED FOR SOLVING TOP PROBLEMS : MORE IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED, EXPERTS SAY AFTER RETURN VISIT.
Byline: Steven J. Gorman Daily News Staff Writer
Fourteen months after finding the Los Angeles Zoo The Los Angeles Zoo founded in 1966, is a large zoo located in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Zoo, located in Los Angeles' Griffith Park, is home to 1,200 animals from around the world. plagued by neglect and poor management, a panel of three outside experts said Tuesday that the facility has made great strides but more remains to be done.
Capping a three-day return visit and inspection that began Sunday, the directors of big-city zoos in Atlanta, Cincinnati and Seattle said the most serious deficiencies they cited in February 1995 - including dangerously dilapidated holding facilities for animals - have been corrected.
They said they also found the zoo cleaner, more professionally managed and operating with less tension and division among the staff.
The chief remaining issues, they said, are whether the city will stick by its renewed financial commitment to the zoo and whether the facility can develop more of its badly needed fund-raising fund-raising, large-scale soliciting of voluntary contributions, especially in the United States. Fund-raising is widely undertaken by charitable organizations, educational institutions, and political groups to acquire sufficient funds to support their activities. sources in the private sector.
``It's looking real good compared to where we were before,'' said David Towne, director of Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo Woodland Park Zoo, which occupies the western half of Seattle's (USA) Woodland Park, near Green Lake, began as a small menagerie on the Woodland Park estate of Guy C. Phinney, Canadian-born lumber mill owner and real estate developer. . ``There's still a long way to go, but the whole tenor of the place has changed.''
Towne and his two colleagues, Zoo Atlanta This article or section needs sources or references that appear in reliable, third-party publications. Alone, primary sources and sources affiliated with the subject of this article are not sufficient for an accurate encyclopedia article. director Terry Maple and Cincinnati Zoo chief Ed Maruska, stressed that it would take three to five years to completely turn the zoo around.
``After many years of neglect, you're not going to rebuild it overnight,'' Maple said. ``Our main concern is whether the effort is going to be sustained with vigor VIGOR Internal medicine A clinical study–Vioxx GI Outcomes Report comparing a proprietary COX-2 inhibitor to standard NSAIDs and speed.''
Maruska said the zoo now appears to be operating at a level it should have been when the team first visited the troubled facility in December 1994.
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2. with the amount of progress that has been made in the past year and a half,'' he said.
Maruska said the zoo has completed more than 400 repair and maintenance projects since February 1995. Hundreds more remain to be carried out, but the most urgent problems have been addressed, he said.
Among the improvements so far, he said, were new or refurbished service areas for the animals, rebuilt holding barns, new landscaping, brush removal to control rodent rodent, member of the mammalian order Rodentia, characterized by front teeth adapted for gnawing and cheek teeth adapted for chewing. The Rodentia is by far the largest mammalian order; nearly half of all mammal species are rodents. infestations and the installation of a new fence around the perimeter of the zoo to keep out coyotes and other pests.
The three experts, who are expected to report on their findings in writing in the next few weeks, noted that the Los Angeles City Council The Los Angeles City Council is the governing body of the City of Los Angeles, California, United States. had approved their recommendation to form a new zoo department in the city government.
And they said city officials appeared to be working more cooperatively with the zoo's main fund-raising arm and private support organization, the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association.
Their visit comes a week after GLAZA's president, Susan Rice, announced she was resigning in a move seen by some zoo critics as removing a major obstacle to reform efforts.