JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – After being closed for nearly a year and operating on a temporary license, leaders announced plans for the Jackson Zoo on Monday.
The City of Jackson was granted an official exhibitor license for the Jackson Zoo from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in September.
“We believe that we can present a zoo that is not only presentable, but not only enjoyable, but provides the level of attraction that people drive far and wide to see. But more importantly, it’s beneficial to the community which surrounds it,” said Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba.
Several agencies have been working to make improvements to the zoo and address infrastructure issues. The zoo reopened a few weeks ago, but there are some limits due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Recently on weekends, we’ve had what we call a soft opening. From all indications of the attendance, the citizens of Jackson are really waiting the reopening of the zoo.”
The mayor encouraged neighbors to check out the new improvements they’ve made. Right now, the zoo is open only on weekends.
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