Zoo looking to expand through accreditation

T

he
H
attiesburg
Z
oo has come a long way since its official start in the 1950's and soon it could enter into an all new phase of potential growth.
Z
oo officials hope that in two years they will be nationally a
c
credited by the
A
ssociation of
Z
oos and
A
quariums.
T
his means the zoo would be inspected and would have to meet all standards set by the
AZA
.

The zoo has taken their final big step towards this goal by hiring a new education coordinator which plans to make the zoo more interactive. Marsha Newman a former teacher has already implemented several new programs including classroom visits in an attempt to make the Hattiesburg Zoo more interactive.

If the zoo becomes accredited it will open up a whole new door for funding the zoo. They will have a greater chance of applying for national grants, which could go towards future plans for zoo expansion.