Tuesday, July 26, 2016

WDT: Zoo Dinged by USDA

        The USDA has cited the Thompson Park Zoo for several definciencies in animal care during a recent inspection.
        Running such a facility as a private enterprise is not easy as funding is always a challenge and enthusiasm ebbs and flows over time.
        I also know that inspections have to be kept in perspective as no one ever points out all the things done right.
        http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/usda-slams-thompson-park-zoo-for-animal-care-staffing-issues-20160726

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well due to the fact that directors stay less than a year, did the zoo ever recover from the "Mall Manager" who was in charge? Employees left under her tenure as the "I'm threatened" by that employee, no mainteance was ever done, Ideas abound but maybe it's time to consider shutting it down....

Anonymous said...

Jayne Graves has run that facility into the ground and its time for the City Leaders to wake up and rid Her from the post.

Anonymous said...

The zoo has been roundly ignored for the past decade. What are there, five exhibits up there these days? After building the worthless pavilion and closing the pool, it has been insulting to go there anymore.

Anonymous said...

Well you right about one thing 9:46, Jayne Graves’s current tenure on the board is not conducive to future progress. If anything, her rule by fiat has directly or indirectly created many of the existing problems and issues. Unfortunately, the city has little say in regards to the matter.

Anonymous said...

I remember when the Zoo To Do was all the rage and every "somebody" in Watertown turned out to support it. Unfortunately, Samaritan has captured the attention of the "somebodies" in our community as their children are growing up and the zoo is no longer in fashion among them. The city has pretty much left the zoo on their own to come up with funding but unfortunately, they haven't had much success lately. Instead of raising a gazillion dollars for that self serving monument, the committee should have considered giving support to the zoo. The zoo is something that everyone in the north country can really enjoy, but the monument is one of those once you have seen it, you'll never go back kind of things. Where are the Couchs, Johnsons, Vergas, Moucials, Hirsheys and their like now?