Little Rock Zoo accredited after 1-year wait

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Little Rock Zoo has received accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums after its request for accreditation was tabled a year ago.

The zoo announced the accreditation on Tuesday.

Accreditation was tabled in 2011 because of concerns about the zoo's long-term financial stability. Those questions were resolved with the passage of a 1-cent sales tax by the city in September.

The tax will provide an estimated $1.6 million for operations and about $8 million for capital improvements during the next 10 years.

The zoo was first accredited in 2001 and was re-accredited in 2006 before its accreditation was tabled last year.

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