Report: City, former zoo operator reach deal on legal dispute

Published 3:46 pm Saturday, October 12, 2019

Mississippi’s capital city and the Jackson Zoological Society are close to settling the city’s $6 million lawsuit against the nonprofit organization that ran the zoo for nearly 35 years.

The Clarion Ledger reports that a deal was reached Friday. It requires approval of the Jackson City Council, which meets Tuesday.

The city of Jackson would get the zoo animals and would drop its demand for $6 million in unpaid water bills.

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The city also will drop a demand for repayment of $350,000, which it repaid to the state after the former zoo director misspent the money.

The zoological society’s president, Alexander Chess, says current zoo workers will still take care of the animals. About 20 former employees are working as consultants for the city.