The Bronx Zoo in New York has announced that it will downsize its collection of animals due to state budget cuts. The Wildlife Conservation Society, which operates the Bronx Zoo and four other zoos and aquaria in New York City, faces a $15 million budget shortfall this year. An undetermined number of animals, including bats, porcupines, and antelope, will be relocated to other institutions around the country. Zoos in other states are facing budget reductions as well, despite strong public attendance. Many in the zoo and aquarium community had hoped for funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (PL 111-16) to save jobs and to address a backlog of maintenance needs. Section 1604 of the law, however, bans states and local governments from using funds from the stimulus for zoos, aquaria, and other institutions.
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