UPDATE: The Zoo's Director says the Zoo failed to mail in the annual application for U.S. Department of Agriculture license on time. The USDA monitors all mammals at zoo.

The Chattanooga Zoo will temporarily close its exhibits to the public until USDA paperwork can be resolved.

Once the USDA license is issued, the Zoo will re-open to the public.

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"Although we are disappointed at having to temporarily close our exhibits, this does not mean that the Zoo itself is shutting down," notes Dardenelle Long, Zoo CEO. "In fact, all management and animal care staff will be on-site as normal with no change to our current provision of high-quality animal care."

The Chattanooga Zoo is no stranger to controversy, having several animals expire and the subsequent inspections by the USDA.

Other scheduled activities, such as Zoo Camps and birthday parties will continue as planned.

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