28 May '12, 12pm

Green Blog: Zoos Raise Money for Faraway Animals: A small city zoo raises its prices and sends all of the extra

Associated Press Zoo Boise in Idaho used the proceeds from a modest admissions fee increase to finance a conservation program for tarsiers that dwell in the eroded rain forests of the Philippines. Zoo Boise, a small city zoo in Idaho, receives a lot of praise in the zoo community for its commitment to and its success in raising money for conservation programs aimed only at animals in the wild — a goal many zoos aspire to but do not necessarily follow through on. The problem, most zoo officials say, is that supporting their live animal collections is so expensive that they do not have money left over to finance conservation in the wild. (I outline many of the issues facing modern zoos in my article in Monday’s Times and in this video produced and narrated by my colleague Erik Olsen.) But are zoos really handling their live collections in a way that helps their kin in the wi...

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Zoos Raise Money for Faraway Animals

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Associated Press Zoo Boise in Idaho used the proceeds from a modest admissions fee increase to finance a conservation prog...

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