Inspection Happening At Lake Superior Zoo

By KBJR News 1

June 21, 2011 Updated Jun 21, 2011 at 6:39 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Workers at the Lake Superior Zoo have been hard at work for months getting ready for this inspection, which is going on today and tomorrow.

The Lake Superior Zoo lost its accreditation in 2006 after the AZA decided the facility wasn't meeting the standards of excellence needed to keep the certification.

The Lake Superior Zoo applied to get its accreditation back earlier this year and since then everything from paper work to house keeping has been attended to in an effort to regain this sought after status.

"We've been working on everything from diets for the animals, having those written down, having the formal enrichment programs to all of the differed maintenance and fixing the infrastructure of the zoo. All of those things we have been working on for the past two, two and a half years," said Lake Superior Zoo CEO, Sam Maida.

A final decision on the re-accreditation will come later this year.

Accredited zoos are in a very elite group.

Maida says of the 2,400 aquariums and zoos licensed by the USDA across the country, fewer than 2-hundred are accredited.