Lake Superior Zoo Preps for Accreditation Inspection

By KBJR News 1

Lake Superior Zoo Preps for Accreditation Inspection

June 16, 2011 Updated Jun 16, 2011 at 6:58 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (The Northland's NewsCenter) - On Tuesday and Wednesday three inspectors from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums will give the facility a thorough examination to determine if it's fit for the much coveted accreditation.

The Duluth Zoo lost its accreditation in 2006 when the association deemed the facility didn't meet its rigorous standards any longer.

Only ten percent of the nation's zoos achieve this status.

Officials are examining paper work, animals, and doing some thorough housekeeping ahead of the inspectors' arrival.

Zoo officials say it's not only the exhibits that are looked at, but the zoo in its entirety... and they're confident all their ducks are in a row.

"It's everything; when you walk in and look at the gift shop, or go to the café, or see education programs, or marketing and development you know, we've got some really good fun commercials out there. Everyone's stepping up their game and no, now is not the time to be worried, now is the time to be proud of what we accomplished."

Accreditation will give the zoo more funding, the ability to attract more qualified employees, and gain more community support.

Results from the inspection will be released in September.

If the Zoo fails the inspection they would get one year to correct mistakes.
If that fails the they would have to wait until 2016 to apply for accreditation once again.

written for the web by Chris Axelson