The American Conservatives have taken to Twitter to call out the zoo and aquariums that operate in D.C., saying that “one is a national symbol and the other is an institution that’s in dire need of a rebuild.”
The tweets were accompanied by a link to a recent article from the New York Times about the zoo’s $20 million dollar expansion and expansion plans, and to a tweet by one of the authors that included a quote from a recent speech by D.O.A. executive director Mike DeWine.
The tweeters have chosen to highlight the zoo, saying, “The zoo is the best example of how to get people to want to visit a zoo.
If the zoo gets shut down, how will the public get to see that?”
They also say, “They’re not an institution for everyone, but the zoo is a good example of what should happen if we can’t have a zoo in D [of D.H.].”
We need a zoo to show how the nation is in need of this kind of public investment.
“As the Washington Examiner points out, the zoo operates in a relatively small space, with a population of just about 40,000 animals, including more than 5,000 penguins.
The zoo also has a $25 million annual budget.
D.C. Public Works says that the zoo will close for maintenance on March 30, with the zoo saying that it will close at 5:00 p.m. for the next two weeks.