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After loss of accreditation, ZooMontana making gains on financial front

After loss of accreditation, ZooMontana making gains on financial front

In March 2011, ZooMontana faced a dire reality: engineer a drastic and dramatic turnaround or deal with the very real possibility of closing by the end of the year.

June 23, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary faces possible closure

Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary faces possible closure

Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, Montana’s only public rescued-wildlife refuge, faces federal fines and possible closure.

February 02, 2013 10:52 pmLoading…
ZooMontana

ZooMontana

Schweitzer talks with Jeff Ewelt, ZooMontana’s executive director, at the new beaver exhibit while visiting the zoo for the first time on Monday.

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ZooMontana rolls out new logo, marketing effort

ZooMontana rolls out new logo, marketing effort

After a year highlighted by high-profile financial and organizational problems capped off with a little positive momentum, now is the time for ZooMontana to present a new face to the public, or to "put on our big-boy pants," said Jeff Ewelt, the zoo's executive director.

March 01, 2012 11:35 am Photos

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40 Under 40: Dr. Ian C. McDonald, general dentist, Pickens Family Dental

40 Under 40: Dr. Ian C. McDonald, general dentist, Pickens Family Dental

ZooMontana suffered through a difficult time in 2011 due to financial problems, the loss of accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and a change in management. But Ian McDonald, a Billings dentist who is president of the zoo’s board of directors, believes better times lie ahead.

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2011 Year In Review: Water claims lives, homes, roads

2011 Year In Review: Water claims lives, homes, roads

Weather was the biggest news of 2011. A precipitation-drenched winter and spring touched everyone in the region.

January 01, 2012 12:05 am Photos

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AZA mentor visits ZooMontana to help zoo get back on track

AZA mentor visits ZooMontana to help zoo get back on track

At first glance, Gary Geddes was impressed.

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ZooMontana looks to redesign discovery and education center

ZooMontana looks to redesign discovery and education center

ZooMontana’s Discovery and Education Center could get a new look, but only if the facility can procure the funds.

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Zoos' biggest threat is the unknown: Facilities hedge with unique fundraising efforts

Zoos' biggest threat is the unknown: Facilities hedge with unique fundraising efforts

After being hit by floodwater, windstorms and revenue loss, Dakota Zoo director Terry Lincoln is certain that he has discovered the biggest challenge of running a zoo.

September 19, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Eyes on the future: Region's zoos have faced challenges similar to ZooMontana's

Eyes on the future: Region's zoos have faced challenges similar to ZooMontana's

Next fall, ZooMontana will attempt to regain its accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and new director Jeff Ewelt is optimistic.

September 18, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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Future plans

Future plans

ZooMontana displays signs for future development. Zoo director Jeff Ewelt and the zoo’s board are confident that the facility can be greatly improved with the help of the community.

September 12, 2011 10:20 pmLoading…
Sensory garden

Sensory garden

The garden area at ZooMontana often is rented for weddings and other events. In the coming year, director Jeff Ewelt is hoping to increase the number of events at the facility and regain the community’s trust in ZooMontana.

September 12, 2011 10:05 pmLoading…
Entrance to ZooMontana

Entrance to ZooMontana

The main entrance to ZooMontana.

September 12, 2011 10:00 pmLoading…
AZA no more

AZA no more

ZooMontana no longer accepts membership cards from any accredited zoo. The facility’s accreditation from the Asoociation of Zoos and Aquariums was revoked this year.

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Weathered signs

Weathered signs

Signs for exhibits at ZooMontana have been beaten by weather, an example of how maintenance has slipped in recent years and what the zoo has to shore up.

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A day at ZooMontana

A day at ZooMontana

ZooMontana sees many visitors in springtime as schools book trips to the facility.

September 12, 2011 9:40 pmLoading…
Red panda

Red panda

The red panda exhibit is one of the popular at ZooMontana. With the loss of accreditation, however, the zoo has had to part with some other popular animals.

September 12, 2011 9:40 pmLoading…
River otter

River otter

McKenna, Ethan, and Andrew Johnson of Laurel interact with a North American river otter at ZooMontana. The otter exhibit has been one of the longest-running features at the facilty.

September 12, 2011 9:35 pmLoading…
Discovery Center

Discovery Center

The Bismarck Tribune’s Discovery Center is seen at the DakotaZoo in Bismarck, N.D.

September 11, 2011 7:50 pmLoading…

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