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Old Yesterday, 09:43 PM
 
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Jackson Jambalaya: City Council Approves Contract Negotiations with New Zoo Management Company

Hope this works out. I'm worried that the zoo is in such a bad location that there is little hope, no matter who manages it. I've been to the zoo many times (although not in the past 5-10 years), I've never felt unsafe, it's just that the zoo is in an out of the way location, with terrible roads leading to it. Moving it to Lefleur's Bluff makes so much sense....I hate that it will never happen.

The zoos in Memphis and NOLA do well, but those zoos are in cities with other attractions, the only other similar attractions in Jackson, the Children's museum and Natual Science Museum, are at Lefleur's Bluff.

The Baton Rouge Zoo is worse than the Jackson Zoo.
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Old Today, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Jack-town, Sip by way of AL and FL
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Curious to see how this works out. If it still fails, then the City will be forced to accept that it's the location. I am not sure who is to blame for the zoo's current woes, but it seems to me like it's more about location than it is about the management. Guess we will see.

Funny, the JZS actually owns the animals. They could still move it to Lefleur's Bluff if they wanted to buy the land. They could make this very difficult if they wanted.
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Old Today, 10:55 AM
 
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It really is in a rough part of town. It is sad, because you can tell when driving down West Capitol that it used to be a really nice area.
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Old Today, 11:07 AM
 
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Curious to see how this works out. If it still fails, then the City will be forced to accept that it's the location. I am not sure who is to blame for the zoo's current woes, but it seems to me like it's more about location than it is about the management. Guess we will see.

Funny, the JZS actually owns the animals. They could still move it to Lefleur's Bluff if they wanted to buy the land. They could make this very difficult if they wanted.
I have been to the Jackson Zoo a time or two, and the location did not strike me as a selling point. I think LeFluer's Bluff is a much more central, accessible location and would bring a fresh, updated experience which would help draw visitors. I don't understand why they want to keep it where it is. I think having the zoo near the Children's Museum and the Museum of Natural Science would make all of those a destination in the vein of "While we are here at the children's museum let's go to the Zoo too".
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Old Today, 11:52 AM
 
Location: North Jackson
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Although some city politicians bluster about keeping the zoo where it is, it's because they're pandering to voters, not because they really believe it should stay there. And yes, a true leader would do the right thing even in the face of opposition from his constituents.

That being said, no one is offering up the $50-$100M needed to build a brand new, state of the art, zoo. The state cant keep the bridges open, they surely aren't gonna fund it.
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Old Today, 08:21 PM
 
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That being said, no one is offering up the $50-$100M needed to build a brand new, state of the art, zoo. The state cant keep the bridges open, they surely aren't gonna fund it.
Good point. There would probably have to be some metro partnership(s) along with the state. Also maybe a major sponsor or two, CSpire?
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Old Today, 08:26 PM
 
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Although some city politicians bluster about keeping the zoo where it is, it's because they're pandering to voters, not because they really believe it should stay there. And yes, a true leader would do the right thing even in the face of opposition from his constituents.

That being said, no one is offering up the $50-$100M needed to build a brand new, state of the art, zoo. The state cant keep the bridges open, they surely aren't gonna fund it.
Great point. It's the location and wish they would just raise the funding and move it.
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