“I don’t think we have an alternative to going down this road,” Jones told a joint meeting of the boards of the N.C. Zoo and the Zoo Society on Wednesday afternoon.
Continuing budget cuts have left the zoo short-staffed and forced it to delay repairs and renovations to aging buildings and equipment. Jones said the park has to add exhibits to attract new visitors and income. Otherwise, he said, “We will just simply continue to go downhill.”
Jones presented the preliminary findings of a nearly year-long study on how much it would cost to build Asia – $110 million – and what