CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Zoo and other zoo locations in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia will close as the city looks to save money and reduce staff and operational costs.
The Cincinnati Zoo will close at the end of the month as the Cincinnati Zoo & Park Conservancy plans to consolidate the two facilities, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The Cincinnati Zoo closed in 2014 as Cincinnati Zoo’s management announced a $8.8 million reduction in the park’s budget.
The zoo’s current lease expires in 2023 and the Conservancy has requested a 30-year contract with the city, according the Cincinnati News.
The conservancy plans a new lease that would give the Cincinnati Zoological Society a new home in 2020, the Cincinnati Post reported.
A large number of Cincinnati Zoo employees and visitors will be offered the opportunity to work for the Cincinnati Conservancy, a conservancy official told the Cincinnati Sun.
The Conservancy said in a statement that the Cincinnati zoo is one of the nation’s leading conservation centers and will continue to lead the way for conservation at Cincinnati’s zoos.
The new conservancy would focus on wildlife, animal care, educational programs and research.