Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Jackson Zoo Loses Accreditation

I am one of the few fans left of the Jackson Zoo.  I spent a few formative years growing up near the Metro Zoo in South Florida.  It left an indelible mark on me, and sparked a love of animals, nature and science.  I fondly remember exploring both the Jackson Zoo and Hattiesburg Zoo when my parents would ship me off to Mississippi for the Summer.  Now that I have children, my wife and I made it priority to join the Jackson Zoo and take our children there regularly.

Recently, the Jackson Zoo lost is accreditation through the National Association of Zoos and Aquariums. While it enjoys provisional accreditation during an appeals process, it may fully lose said accreditation in March.  Jackson City leaders drag their feet on trying to salvage the zoo, knowing the Zoo is the only thing bringing visitors to West Jackson.

No question, the Livingston Park neighborhood and the drive to it is intimidating for the faint of heart.  I've never felt in danger; however, you cannot reasonably argue the present zoo location severely limits visitor numbers.  Without a doubt, the LeFleur's Bluff location is much better for the zoo's continued existence and relevance.

What are your thoughts:  1) Save it by moving it to LeFleur's Bluff; 2) try to save it by keeping it in West Jackson; 3) let it die; 4) ?


Anonymous said...

This really shouldn't be rocket science -- MOVE it!! I love the zoo too, but let's face it -- most parents don't want to take themselves into that neck of the woods, let alone their children!

Anonymous said...

Obviously, it needs to be moved. Stuff around LeFleur's is popular and receives heavy traffic. That location would be perfect.

I pitty the Zoo leadership which spent a lot of money renovating the Zoo in recent years. They did a nice job, but obviously their vision was short sighted.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if the zoo can financially make the move, but we are not going into the combat zone to go where it is now. We have not been in many years, but we used to love going before that area was overcome by crime. Trying to visit the zoo is not worth the risk of getting hit by a stray bullet.
I hope that comment is not considered profiling

Anonymous said...

It's too bad that Mary Hawkins & Gene McGee fight like brothers and sisters, because a joint venture between Ridgeland & Madison constructing a new Zoo west of I-55 at the city limits line would be a great location.