South Bend, Ind. Officials have approved an agreement to hand over management of the Potawatomi Zoo to the Non-Profit Zoological Society.
The South Bend Parks and Recreation Board unanimously passed the five-year lease Monday. Although the society will be overseeing daily activities, the city will still be playing a financial role. $900,000 will be contributed in 2014. That amount will decrease every year until the contract is renewed.
The goal is to increase revenue, and provide an improved streamlined experience for visitors.
"What it does is it gives the ability to take two organizations bring them together into one organization,” says Marcy Dean the director of the Potawatomi Zoo Society. “In essence, streamline things, create efficiencies and operating under a 501C3 Non-Profit, which the Zoo Society is, gives that ability to grow donations."
The Potawatomi Zoological Society will begin management on January 1.