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Admission prices going up at the Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Admission prices at one of Memphis' most popular attractions are about to go up. The Memphis Zoo is planning a $2 dollar increase on its admission rates starting January 1st, 2010. 

"We have to increase our admission costs," the Zoo's Brian Carter said Wednesday. "It just costs more to run a zoo."

Carter said the hike is in response to the rising cost of products and services.

"The price for a gallon of milk goes up," he said. "Our price for a bale of hay goes up to feed the animals, so we have to keep up with these rising costs."

If the changes are approved by the City Parks Division, zoo visitors ages 12 to 59 will pay $15 dollars for a ticket, while seniors 60 and older will pay $14 dollars.  Kids ages 2 to 11 will pay $10 dollars, and children under 2 will still get in free.

The zoo is city owned but privately operated by the nonprofit Zoo Society.  Admission to the zoo has not increased since March 2005.

We didn't see any push-back from the last price increase," Carter said. "I think people understand."

And zoo officials say the change in prices is the only way the zoo can remain one of the best in the country.


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