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City Councilmen argue over Zoo's move and funding

Controversy continues to surround the Jackson Zoo's decision to move and now some are questioning whether management should be held liable for its problems. Source: WLBT Controversy continues to surround the Jackson Zoo's decision to move and now some are questioning whether management should be held liable for its problems. Source: WLBT
Controversy continues to surround the Jackson Zoo's decision to move and now some are questioning whether management should be held liable for its problems. Source: WLBT Controversy continues to surround the Jackson Zoo's decision to move and now some are questioning whether management should be held liable for its problems. Source: WLBT
Controversy continues to surround the Jackson Zoo's decision to move and now some are questioning whether management should be held liable for its problems. Source: WLBT Controversy continues to surround the Jackson Zoo's decision to move and now some are questioning whether management should be held liable for its problems. Source: WLBT
Controversy continues to surround the Jackson Zoo's decision to move and now some are questioning whether management should be held liable for its problems. Source: WLBT Controversy continues to surround the Jackson Zoo's decision to move and now some are questioning whether management should be held liable for its problems. Source: WLBT
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Controversy continues to surround the Jackson Zoo's decision to move and now some are questioning whether management should be held liable for its problems.

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When you walk through the Jackson Zoo, you should be able see over 90 different species of animals, but according to one Jackson city council member, many of them are missing.

He says it is this, plus failings by the Zoo Board, that got the zoo into the mess they are in today.

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Since the announcement that the Jackson Zoo is moving, Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes has been very vocal about keeping the location where it is, but others like Councilman Melvin Priester Jr. do not agree.

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Priester even posted on his Facebook page that he does not believe the city could afford to get the Zoo back to where it needs to be in order to run properly and that the money could be better spent.

Councilman Stokes believes all of the problems the zoo is currently going through, stem from poor management. He claims the Zoological Board has racked up an over $5 million water bill with the city and that they do not have the animals in the park that their inventory states.

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“When this mismanagement company took over the zoo, the zoo was accredited and fully stocked,” said Stokes. “Today, there is no accreditation and we are seeing that our animals are not there."

Councilman Priester, also, addressed this issue in a separate Facebook post.

Priester says this is just more unnecessary criticism and that the animals are in fact on the grounds. Councilman Stokes says he still disagrees with this, stating Priester's photos are not enough proof.

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