Warm Weather Boosts Zoo Business

Being cooped up all winter can be hard, and not just for the kids. Even the animals at Lansing's Potter Park Zoo are taking advantage of Sunday's sunshine.

"The animals are liking it," said Rick Parker, Guest Services Manager at Potter Park Zoo. "They get spring fever just like we do so they're loving this weather."

Even though the zoo is open year-round, harsh winters can take a toll on a business that relies on Mother Nature's cooperation. Now with the sun finally shining business is looking.

''The weather is absolutely perfect to be outside in short sleeves and no coats," Amy Gilmore shared as she visited the zoo. "With the way winter's been you never know how long it's going to last."

While the zoo receives the bulk of its funding from Ingham County taxpayers, proceeds from ticket sales are key to maintaining it's everyday operations.

With bigger crowds coming in, the zoo can spend more on spring cleaning. According to Parker This winter's ice storm hit the zoo rather hard with lots of downed tree limbs.

"That's one beauty about the nice weather, we get the people in," Parker added.


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