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Civic Skinny: Zoo Staying Put


February 16, 2006

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Overlooked in the zoo's announcement that it is raising money is the fact that it is staying where it is, not moving downtown. That, coupled with the downtown establishment's harsh criticism of the Rain Forest Project in the Des Moines Register recently, essentially "puts the nail in the coffin" of the project landing in Des Moines, a top business source told us. We've also heard that Ted Townsend himself is no longer the biggest cheerleader of the Rain Forest, especially since his Great Ape Trust has begun to "really be noticed." CV