Miami Metrozoo needs roller coaster to attract visitors?

November 8th, 2006 by admin

Yesterday, voters in Miami-Dade approved a plan to build an entertainment district –- possibly including a water park and roller coasters –- on the property of Miami Metrozoo. The hope is that the multi-million dollar project will boost attendance at the zoo, which according to the Miami Herald ( )has never reached expectations.

Although zoos claim that their purpose is “conservation,” their actions say otherwise. New construction at zoos in Florida is just as likely to be aimed at entertaining visitors as it is to benefit animals.

Fortunately, many people see through the zoo’s statements. In a letter to the editor published in the Miami Herald last week, Miami resident Barry White asked, “Am I missing something? Why does Metrozoo need a water park and roller coasters to attract visitors? Isn’t the goal to create a zoo that will attract visitors based on what a zoo is supposed to do?”

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