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Nonprofit group proposes it run South Bend’s zoo

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A nonprofit group that supports South Bend’s Potawatomi Zoo is proposing that it take over the zoo’s management from the city.

The Potawatomi Zoological Society’s proposal would have it manage the century-old zoo while receiving $1.1 million in annual city payments. That is about what the city parks department now spends on the zoo, making up roughly half of its annual budget.

Zoological society attorney George Horn says the new structure would make it easier to raise money from private donors who sometimes are reluctant to give money to government-run entities.

Horn says the change would unify management of the zoo’s daily operations and the society’s fundraising efforts.

The proposal would have to be approved by the city’s parks board.

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