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.READ MORE: U.S. Park Police Name Pamela Smith As New Chief, First Black Woman To Lead The Force
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.READ MORE: Bobbleheads Memorialize Baltimore Sports Superfan Mo Gaba, Raise Money For Charity
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.MORE NEWS: Baltimore Mayor, Maryland Governor Clash After Hogan Says City Getting More Vaccines Than ‘Entitled To’ In Response To WJZ Question
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