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Monday, February 17, 2014

Cherry Brook Zoo Is Up Against It Financially

Cherry Brook Zoo, describing its financial situation being at a crossroads, is pleading for help from the city which allocated 60 thousand dollars in funding this year. 

The zoo is asking for another 40 thousand or services in kind to reduce its operating costs. 

Even though he supports the zoo, Common Councillor Bill Farren doesn't think the city can afford it but as for the idea from fellow Councillor John MacKenzie for the zoo to become a regional service along with such facilities as Harbour Station and the Imperial Theatre, Farren sees that as a possible solution if the outlying municipalities agree.

Among the problems that have financially drained the zoo include a new roof on one of the buildings, a vet's bill for a sick tiger and vandals destroying the 10 thousand dollar sign at the main entrance