Monday, December 03, 2007 Zoo's closing underscores funding woes Zoo's closing underscores funding woes: "The Erie Zoo is closed for the winter. For the third consecutive year, Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott and City Council failed to come up with the funding necessary to allow the zoo to operate in December, January and February. So the zoo will save $85,000 by laying off 10 employees, turning off the heat in selected buildings, and letting sidewalks and parking lots remain full of snow. 'We don't like to do it, but we've gotten used to it,' said Scott Mitchell, the zoo's chief executive."

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