Willow Park Zoo may be turned over to non-profit organizations

The financially-strapped Wilow Park Zoo could soon get a new life, a different kind of life under a different kind of management.

Tuesday night the Zoo Advisory Board Chairman Troy Christensen told Logan City and Cache County councilmembers that members have been meeting with non-profit organizations and found some “promising” possibilities. He couldn’t mention names yet but Christensen said one group is definitely interested in taking over management of the zoo and other meetings are planned.

Christensen said the board has had a great master plan for several years which includes accreditation.

“It included certain exhibits coming,” Christensen explained, “bringing bears back, bringing several larger animals in. It also included maybe putting a carousel in the middle of that large grassy area, maybe bringing in a train.

“There’s kind of rides and fun and amusement in amongst the animals for the children to make it more attractive.”

He said sometimes it is easier for a non-profit group to raise money than it is for a public agency. Further meetings will be held and such issues as capitol projects and ownership will be discussed.

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