Willow Park Zoo enlisting help of aquatic center

It is called a Surfin’ Safari and it’s a fundraiser for the Willow Park Zoo. Zoo Board Vice Chairman Reggie Slocum says everyone is invited to swim Wednesday night at the Logan Aquatic Center and all proceeds will go to the Willow Park Zoo.Slocum considers the zoo to be a real treasure but he says the zoo will be closed down in two years unless more money is found. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, a caller suggested charging admission. Slocum says that is being considered and preparations are in the works to make that happen.”There hasn’t been a formal decision made,” Slocum said, “but we know that when you attach a value to something, when something already has value and then you ask people to contribute for that they respond. “There have been several studies done with zoos that have gone to admissions and their attendance has actually increased which then allows them to expand their operations to get new exhibits and things like that.”Slocum says right now donations from those who visit the zoo total approximately $40,000 a year. He says money raised from fundraisers, such as the Surfin’ Safari, also help.For those wanting to help, swimming is available Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and all of the proceeds will go to the Zoo. The cost is $5 per person.

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