Lake Superior Zoo Working To Regain Its Accreditation

Lake Superior Zoo Working To Regain Its Accreditation

By KBJR News 1

May 19, 2011 Updated May 19, 2011 at 7:24 PM CDT

Duluth, MN - (The Northland's News Center) - Lake Superior zoo is actively working to regain its accreditation by significantly improving its facilities.

The zoo had its accreditation pulled five years ago after inspectors found issues with the facility, including weathered buildings and inadequate facilities.

Officials said this past February, Lake Superior Zoo submitted its application for accreditation to the Association of Zoo and Aquariums, but said it is quite a process in order to be awarded accreditation.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Lake Superior Zoo, Sam Maida, says an inspection date has been set for June 21st and 22nd.

That's when the association of Zoo and Aquarium Officials will inspect the zoo top to bottom, in order to make sure the zoo meets the highest standards.

"We're confident, not over confident, but confident that we've done a number of things, we had a tremendous long list of things to do, and that we've done a good job addressing those. And we are very hopeful we can get accredited," Maida said.

Maida says the zoo will find out in September whether the Association of Zoo and Aquariums will accept their application and reinstate accreditation to the zoo.

If the zoo doesn't get accredited in September the Association of Zoo and Aquariums could table the Lake Superior Zoo for another year if they find issues that still needed to be improved.

That would give the zoo one year to fix any issues inspectors find.
However, if the Association of Zoo and Aquariums finds there are too many significant issues, they can dismiss their application all together.