Jackson Zoo officials are double-checking fencing surrounding the 110-acre facility in the wake of an attack by dogs early Tuesday that resulted in an animal’s death as has been reported in a Clarion-Ledger story.
A klipspringer, a small member of the antelope family, was killed by a pack of three feral dogs in its savannah enclosure at the zoo on Capitol Street, said director of development and public relations Angela Shepard.
It was just a couple of weeks ago that the Mississippi Business Journal editorialized on the subject of the zoo, saying that the bottom line is there either needs to be a concerted effort to develop the area around the zoo or move it to an area that can attract more funding.
Here is a part of the editorial …
There are those that would argue the zoo is historic. We would argue it is old and in a high-crime location for zoo-goers; many people don’t visit the zoo simply because of that.
It wasn’t that long ago that stray dogs attacked and killed zoo animals. In one instance, five flamingos were killed and two were injured. That was one week after dogs killed two young gazelles.
One of the biggest blows to the zoo’s reputation, though, was the loss in 2011 of two African elephants, Juno and Rosie, which were relocated for financial reasons.
For 87 years elephants had been a staple at the Jackson Zoo.
In a more recent move, the zoo has spent $230,000 and built a splash pad for children to play in, but there is so much more that needs to be done.
The bottom line is there either needs to be a concerted effort to develop the area around the zoo or move it to an area that can attract more funding.
One location local parents have suggested for relocation is the Lefleur’s Bluff State Park golf course, along Interstate 55 and Lakeland Drive. That would expand on an already thriving tourist destination
Taking away a nine-hole golf course is hardly a problem, considering there are nearly 50 golf courses in or near the Jackson area.