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2 groups run Chattanooga zoo, no contract exists

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - An internal audit found the Chattanooga Zoo has been operated for 10 years without a formal contract between the two groups that run it.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the city's Parks and Recreation Department and the private group Friends of the Zoo have a loose-knit agreement on how the zoo should be operated, but no formal contract exists.

Zoo executive director Darde Long acknowleged the problem, saying its not clearly defined who is responsible if someone gets hurt at the zoo, for instance.

Long said the city and Friends of the Zoo are close to an agreement on a contract and will meet later this week.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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