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National Zoo closing invertebrate hall due to cost

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Zoo is closing its Invertebrate Exhibit, citing rising costs and $5 million in needed upgrades.

The Invertebrate Exhibit's operating cost was about $1 million. It opened originally in 1987. Currently, it houses cuttlefish, corals, crabs, clams and butterflies, among other creatures. The animals will be sent to new homes.

The zoo announced Monday that the exhibit will close permanently Sunday. It is not included in the zoo's five-year strategic plan or its 20-year master plan. Plans call for a future Hall of Biodiversity, including invertebrates.

Zoo Director Dennis Kelly says the closure is necessary for the zoo's financial and operational health. He says the zoo faces rising costs and must adapt its programs to live within its budget.

Invertebrates make up about 99 percent of all known species.

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degeis June 16 2014 at 5:49 PM

Why don't we close congress and use that money for the zoo. It only makes sense to keep the most intelligent creatures.

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PERFORATOR June 16 2014 at 5:17 PM

Happy Arab Spring everyone! We're sorry that this part of our National Zoo is being closed down, but sending billions of your taxpayer dollars to the muslim brotherhood was given a much higher priority by Mr. obama than spending a few million on your zoo.

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ljhanaway June 16 2014 at 6:07 PM

Couldn't the Obama's just give up one of their many vacations to fund this. It would actually be a savings.

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trmnatr2 ljhanaway June 17 2014 at 7:58 AM

He doesn't control that money. If he did, he couldn't give the savings to the zoo, it has to go through the house of representatives.

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gchurch259 trmnatr2 June 17 2014 at 9:26 AM

House of Non-Representation !!

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Diane trmnatr2 June 17 2014 at 10:35 AM

sorry he just proved he doesn't need anyone's consent to do anything...can you say Bergdahl

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Team Dragon June 16 2014 at 6:55 PM

No money? How much was spent on Mrs O and 3 others going to China? How much was wasted on an African vacation? How much is waste on that whole gang of losers in the WH? Need I ask more?

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erbla Team Dragon June 16 2014 at 9:24 PM

How about the republicans in congress who keep voting to increase their salaries at 2 am in the morning so nobody notices. I did not notice any outrage when George Bush sent his daughters and wife overseas on "vacations". What a bunch of losers in the House and Senate

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raysbb941 Team Dragon June 17 2014 at 7:36 AM

yes...check your sides travel record ..start with Reagan work your way thru see who traveled

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coopdabomb raysbb941 June 17 2014 at 9:34 AM

the great black hope doesn't travel, he runs from making a decision. Thats the diference Bucky.

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slackwarerobert raysbb941 June 17 2014 at 11:55 AM

Travel to camp david is not flying around the world and bringing your own windows with you.
But, yes lets check the records, how much was Reagan in the hole when he traveled? $175 Billion maybe. obama blows that on golf outings every month.

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turquoise1937 June 16 2014 at 6:07 PM

Let me see if I can POSSIBLY understand this. We have to close the zoo in D.C. (which of course is a delight to visit - especially for the kids), because it needs an approximate 5 million dollar fix. HOWEVER we can continue and continue and continue to re-build building, infrastructure, etc. etc. FOREVER in Iraq - no matter that within months they will again destroy it all. Now we are going to send OUR young military men BACK to that land of hell?? Can anyone give me a valid reason. We need to STOP BEING THE AGGRESSORS IN SO MANY COUNTRIES and use our money to pay just SOME of the interest on our loans from China. We need to learn that the entire world does NOT think like us or want to be like us. That's OK. Leave them ALONE!

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cggeorgina June 16 2014 at 5:37 PM

this country is circling the drain. Take the money we will be spending on the 95,000 illigal children sneaking into this country' and take the money we are spending on various other illigals (food, housing, medical, education etc) AND FIX OUR "NATIONAL" ZOO.

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wnstnrace1 June 16 2014 at 5:51 PM

Closing the Invertebrate Hall?? Oh no!! Where's Obama gonna go??

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degeis wnstnrace1 June 16 2014 at 5:58 PM

He will probably join your family.

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coopdabomb degeis June 17 2014 at 9:37 AM

I already have a dish washer.

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chearisey@aol.co June 16 2014 at 5:16 PM

Why are they showing pictures of vertebrates when discussing the closing of invertebrates? Also, is no one commenting because people are too dumb to know what an invertebrate is?

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ekpritchett June 16 2014 at 7:55 PM

very sad

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slackwarerobert ekpritchett June 17 2014 at 11:58 AM

maybe we can put the gitmo animals in the vacated spaces, so we can all gawk and throw burning korans at them. Buying government sanctioned korans to light and throw should cover the money needed.

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joper201 June 17 2014 at 1:31 AM

Thank you Spendthrift in Chief!

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