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Zoo releases annual plan for next year

Woodland Park Zoo has released its Draft Annual Plan for 2011, and is accepting comments on it through Jan. 2, 2011. The annual plan provides an overview of program and fee changes, and capital improvements.

After two years of cutting staff and employee benefits and closing the Night Exhibit to save money, the Plan calls for no new cuts, but will add several new revenue sources, including three tasting events, a new autumn festival, and a special one-season exhibit of about 10 animatronic dinosaurs with a separate $3 admission charge.

The zoo will complete some work on the new West Entrance, and will continue planning and fundraising for a replacement exhibit for Asian bears and tigers.

Admission prices will rise by 50 cents for adults and children on Jan. 1, and another 50 cents for adults on May 1. And beginning next summer, visitors can pay an extra fee for the opportunity to feed the elephants.

You can email comments on the Draft Annual Plan to webkeeper@zoo.org or mail written comments to: Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle, WA 98103, Attention: Annual Plan Comments.

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