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County ends partnership with zoological society

Citing concern over cash reserves, Dane County will end its partnership with the Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society, according to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal.

County officials say the nonprofit organization’s cash reserves, now more than $6 million, have gotten too large and too far removed from zoo operations, including funds that county zoo staff cannot access.

But Tom Hanson, chairman of the zoological society’s board, notes that during its partnership with Dane County, the society has invested millions of dollars in the admission-free zoo, including nationally recognized attractions.

The society has handled zoo operations since the 1980s.

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Mar 19, 2019 01:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What? 5 million the County can steal? Whole reason there is a dispute....

Mar 19, 2019 02:02 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

For the facts, visit the Henry Vilas Zoological Society's Facebook page. There is a lot of misinformation being reported.

Mar 20, 2019 04:56 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What? Has Joe Parisi gone crazy? Wants to take over all concessions and operations from HVZS. Is he going to replace the 600 volunteers with paid county employees? HVZS has invested $17 million in support of zoo operations and capital improvements: Animal Health Center, nationally recognized Arctic Passage exhibit, Wisconsin Heritage exhibit and the newly renovated Visitor Welcome Center. Looks like a money grab to me.

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