WASHINGTON (AP) — Some lovers of the National Zoo in Washington have gotten their backbones up over the impending shutdown of an invertebrate exhibit.

The zoo announced on Monday that the 27-year-old exhibit, housed in the basement of the reptile house, will close permanently this Sunday. Officials say the exhibit needs $5 million in upgrades that the zoo cannot afford.

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WTOP reports that critics of the decision include Bethesda resident Terri Jacobsen. She created an online petition in hopes of persuading the zoo to keep the exhibit open.

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Jacobsen says zoo officials don’t seem to know what the public wants.

The exhibit houses a collection of shellfish and other marine life, as well as spiders and insects.

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