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Council May Vote To Privatize Los Angeles Zoo

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A Lion and Lioness on display at the Los Angeles Zoo, on September 23, 2010. The zoo, located beside Los Angeles' Griffith Park, is home to 1,100 animals from around the world. (Credit: AFP PHOTO/Mark Ralston/Getty Images)

A Lion and Lioness on display at the Los Angeles Zoo, on September 23, 2010. The zoo, located beside Los Angeles’ Griffith Park, is home to 1,100 animals from around the world. (Credit: AFP PHOTO/Mark Ralston/Getty Images)

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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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