Willow Park Zoo going independent

The chairman of the Willow Park Zoo Board says he is optimistic about the future of the zoo now that his organization is taking over full control of its management and operation with Logan City only continuing to retain ownership of the land.

On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Troy Christensen said it was a blow several years ago when the board was quietly told the municipal council would no longer be appropriating money to the zoo. It looked like the financially-strapped zoo would have to close but Christensen says the board voted unanimously to become a non-profit agency taking over the Willow Park Zoo and a nationwide search is underway for a superintendent with several resumes already in.

“That new superintendent will be saddled with fundraising as their first and number one goal,” Christensen said. “We have several ideas in mind. We have already looked at several gifts that we have in the works and several donations with ongoing endowments and funding and foundations that will help us support the zoo and keep its operation running.”

Christensen says construction will soon get underway for an admissions booth and a gift shop along with expansion of the collection of animals. The city is scheduled to formally approve the action at its next meeting on Tuesday, August 8.

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