Evansville zoo could lose nearly half of its animals

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The national association that accredits zoos and aquariums has given Evansville’s Mesker Park Zoo one year to fix maintenance concerns or the zoo could lose nearly half of its animals.

Zoo director Amos Morris tells the Evansville Courier & Press (http://bit.ly/2dPahMt ) that he should be able to satisfy the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ immediate concerns to remain accredited if money from City Council comes through.

In September, City Council approved giving the zoo an extra $112,000 for maintenance this year. On Monday, it’ll consider allocating $900,000 from the city’s riverboat funds for larger maintenance projects and a new exhibit design.

Almost half of the zoo’s animals are on loan from other accredited zoos. If Mesker loses its accreditation, those zoos could take their animals back.