Zoo Receives Tourism Tax Fund Grant

A Tourism Tax Fund Grant of up to $200,000 will Help Keep the Zoo's Doors Open Through the End of 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – Monday evening the Duluth City Council voted to once again help financially keep the doors open at the Lake Superior Zoo.

The City approved a Tourism Tax Fund up to $200,000 dollars to help cover operational costs at the facility through the end of 2017.

The Zoo’s CEO Erik Simonson says the facility is now in a transition period because of four CEO changes within the past year.

The Duluth City Council has helped the Zoo out in the past with funding to get through the year, an action which was only supposed to happen one time.

Simonson says he will be implementing operational changes going into 2018 which should allow the Zoo to operate on a more sustainable basis.

“I heard the message loud and clear Monday night from the City Council, this is the last chance for the Zoo, so we intend to take that message and follow through,” said Simonson. “I think it’s really important that we all understand the Zoo has a path going forward that will make it a more sustainable operation, as well as a more attractive operation, not only to the residents of Duluth but to the region, and other visitors here as well.”

The Zoo is in the process of downsizing its footprint while bringing in more animals under its Capital Campaign.

The Zoo recently received a four year accreditation in September by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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