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St Louis Zoo Audit Shows Increases in Donations and Volunteer Hours

St. Louis, MO, USA (December 12, 2014) — The Associated Press reports on the recent St. Louis Zoo audit conducted by the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District:

“Among the highlights the zoo auditors found were thousands of volunteer hours logged at the facility and a $17 million increase in donations over three years. The zoo also spent less than it budgeted to buy, demolish and landscape the grounds of the former Forest Park Hospital, according to the report.

“Despite a clean bill of financial health, auditors had criticisms. They noted the zoo hadn’t been following its policy requiring companies bidding for work to certify that no zoo employee has a financial interest in the work. The zoo also claimed it collected nearly 100 percent of donation pledges, but auditors found $120,000 written off as uncollectible in 2012 and $170,000 in 2013.”


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