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Micke Grove Zoo to remain without proper accreditation

San Joaquin County cuts would eliminate three animal specialists

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Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 12:00 am

It appears that Micke Grove Zoo will continue to lack the national accreditation it needs to acquire more grants to bring more animals and attract more visitors.

While facing the need to trim the San Joaquin County budget by $56.2 million, the Board of Supervisors will determine during the week of June 21 whether to discontinue the county's Zoo Education Program.

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  • posted at 10:53 am on Sat, Jun 12, 2010.


    The Zoo has been sad for a while. "To become accredited or to have accreditation renewed, zoo officials must complete a questionnaire, and provide copies of zoo policies, procedures, records, lists and reports." This doesn't seem too hard or over the top. If simple paperwork and interviews can't be conducted at the Zoo, then no wonder the animals live in dilapidated exhibits and just lay around. It seems to me the local schools visit zoos in Sacramento when we have one (a sad one) right in our town. Now I'm not surprised.

  • posted at 7:21 am on Fri, Jun 11, 2010.


    How about some Volunteers. More volunteers would help. Volunteers can man the ticket sales, the shopt sales, the snack bar sales (dont really know if that is part of the zoo or not), gardening. Internships should be offered for students who go into some type of animal husbandry, be that vetrinarian, game wardens, cattle rancher, etc. They can help feed the animals and clean cages. High school students should receive credits for volunteering.With more volunteers this would free up the accredited team to take care of the animals plus free up some of the money to help pay them. I know its rambling but I am tired...lol.

  • posted at 2:08 am on Fri, Jun 11, 2010.


    Where are the Mr. Micke's of the modern era? Aren't there any families with an abundance of money that can help the zoo live on? Isn't there a foundation that interested parties could contribute to? And what about intership's with college's and universities for the care of the animals?



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