New ‘keeper’ headed to manage troubled Jackson Zoo

Published 8:45 am Thursday, January 24, 2019

Less than a year after the previous Jackson Zoo director resigned after allegations of misusing state funds, city officials have chosen a new operator for the trouble capital city zoo.

News outlets reported Jackson chief administrative officer Robert Blaine said this week that officials want a St., Louis organization to take over the troubled Jackson Zoo.

Blaine says ZoOceanarium should run the zoo. The city council is expected to vote on the proposal next week.

ZoOceanarium provides management for animal attractions around the world.

Financial details have not been released.

The company would replace the Jackson Zoological Society, which has operated the zoo since the 1980s.

It was revealed last summer that the society’s then-director Beth Poff misused state money to cover operating expenses. Poff later resigned. City officials were also upset the society was considering moving the zoo from its current location.