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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The city council is moving forward with a proposal to privatize the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Griffith Park.

Proponents of the idea claim it would save the city $20 million in the next five years and prevent the zoo from closing.

The zoo grounds would remain city property, but critics say it would lead to higher prices and less oversight on how the animals would be treated.

At least two potential operators have expressed interest in the zoo.

The city’s Arts, Parks, Health & Aging Committee is currently reviewing the plan.

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