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January 19, 2005

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The Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park has made some noticeable improvements in the past year in zoo operations and animal care, but problems in areas such as staff training, workplace culture, and strategic planning still need to be addressed, says a new report from the National Academies' Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources. The final report was issued by a committee that conducted a yearlong review of the zoo at the request of Congress.

Dr. R. Michael Roberts, Curator's Professor Department of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia and Chair, Committee on the Review of the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park