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Doom sce­nario announced con­cern­ing Rot­ter­dam Zoo

pub­lished 22 Decem­ber 2010 | mod­i­fied 23 Decem­ber 2011

Rotterdam’s Town coun­cil wants to reduce by 80% its finan­cial con­tri­bu­tion to Rot­ter­dam Zoo (Dier­gaarde Bli­j­dorp) to an unac­cept­able min­i­mum, within the next few years.

On Octo­ber 27, the coun­cil groups of PvdA, CDA, VVD and D66 (rep­re­sent­ing the major­ity) expressed their sup­port for this ill-​fated plan! This means that the sur­vival of the Zoo is at stake! The Coun­cil states that the Zoo is one of Rotterdam’s com­mer­cially most suc­cess­ful organ­i­sa­tions, and there­fore sub­sidy reduc­tion is an appro­pri­ate mea­sure. The foun­da­tion “Friends of Bli­j­dorp” argue that address­ing the Zoo as a com­mer­cially active organ­i­sa­tion is not cor­rect. That, for instance restor­ing the old listed build­ings, of which there are many in the Zoo, can­not be the sole respon­si­bil­ity of a com­mer­cial insti­tu­tion like Bli­j­dorp and that finan­cial sup­port by the Coun­cil is nec­es­sary and inevitable. There­fore, action will be taken, and the Board and Coun­cil of Rot­ter­dam will be requested to adapt this unac­cept­able plan. (Source: NRC, 22.10.2010; web­site Rot­ter­dam Zoo)

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