The Kansas City Zoo has come a long way from being the problematic place it had been in Swope Park.
Zoo officials learned this week that the Association of Zoos & Aquariums would continue its accreditation. That followed an on-site inspection team spending four days in July examining animal care, keeper training, safety, educational programs, conservation efforts, veterinary care, financial stability and visitor services, The Kansas City Star reports.
The Kansas City Zoo won praise for getting its taxing district approved in Jackson and Clay counties, for its educational programs and wildlife conservation initiatives.
Praise is a far cry from how professionals at other zoos years ago viewed the Kansas City Zoo. Its animal housing facilities used to be a problem along with staffing and management concerns.
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For visitors, the Kansas City Zoo had been a depressing place. But all that has changed with the park having natural habitats for the animals and exciting exhibits from the polar bear to the penguins.
The zoo also is easier to navigate, and the aerial tram is a great attraction for visitors. Because voters in Jackson and Clay counties in 2011 passed an eighth-cent sales tax increase, residents in those Kansas City communities with proof of address get free and reduced admission.
The number of people going to the Kansas City Zoo and raving about it keeps rising along with its attractiveness and professionalism of the facility.