UPDATE: City Council approves Zoo’s ownership of animals

This is an interesting video to watch (Item #25 FF 2:07).

Some important things to point out is that the Zoo must purchase any new animals themselves and they WILL cover the ‘general liability’ insurance on the animals. If you click on Item #30 you can read the PDF documents about the agreement.


#1 Poly43 on 12.06.11 at 7:21 am

One of the dirty secrets zoo keepers everywhere keep real tight to the vest. What happens to zoo animals once they’re too old to “entertain” the public? Exotic game farms can help answer that one. Once the Sioux Falls Zoo had a group of Buffalo that had to be sold off because of some remodeling. No one can account for where these animals ended up. I wonder why?

#2 Poly43 on 12.06.11 at 7:31 am

Were any of you regulars here at that meeting last night? I started to watch but after about an hour I gave up. The issue that took up a lot of time was about a truck wash out by J&L Harley. I thought the developers and other concerned citizens made a compelling argument for WHY there should not be a truckwash at that intersection. Most safety related issues. A few councilors asked compelling questions concerning the issue. But when the vote came down…all eight voted quickly and unanimously in favor of what I thought would surely be voted down. I just shook my head and moved on to Mike and Molly.

#3 l3wis on 12.06.11 at 9:08 am

I was on the fence about that issue. The Planning Commission has approved that project TWICE. It was pretty obvious that Empire would keep trying until it got approved. IMO, if you want to live far, far, away from urban development, then move out to the boondocks.

#4 l3wis on 12.06.11 at 9:09 am

. . . it seems these people want to enjoy ‘country living’ but want to be close enough to the ‘big city’ for their convenience.

#5 Scott on 12.06.11 at 9:19 am

Well, our city leaders also believe we’re a big city when it’s convenient to spend money but go on and on about our small town values.

#6 l3wis on 12.06.11 at 9:24 am

Small town values? BAHAHAHAHA! Like telling people how big their gardens can be?

#7 Alice15 on 12.06.11 at 10:39 am

Or if they can roast a goat in their front yard? What a bigot.

#8 scott on 12.06.11 at 12:41 pm

i wish we could go back to the small town values of burning leaves in the street, like my grandparents did.

#9 anooner on 12.06.11 at 12:48 pm

So, how much are these animals worth?

#10 Tom H. on 12.06.11 at 4:05 pm

I wish we could go back to the small-town values of having walkable (rather than drivable) neighborhoods.

#11 Detroit Lewis on 12.06.11 at 4:52 pm

Anooner, great question, I was wondering the same thing. I was hoping that $$ amount would have came up in the discussion.