Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo regains license from US Department of Agriculture


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MONROE, Louisiana — The Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo has regained its license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which city officials plan to announce next week.

Tanya Espinosa with USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service told The News-Star (http://tnsne.ws/1nQmi0Z ) on Thursday the zoo had its licensed reinstated last week.

The zoo lost its exhibit license on May 6 after its staff failed to provide a complete renewal application to the USDA, but the department didn't require the zoo to close.

Zoo Director Joe Clawson said the zoo provided the missing paperwork the next day.

Espinosa says the zoo had authority to continue operating while waiting on its license renewal.

Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com

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