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Dozens of Dane County Zoo employees could lose jobs

Dozens of Dane County Zoo employees could lose jobs.
Posted at 11:19 AM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 12:19:05-04

MADISON — Many Dane County Zoo employees have become "emotional" and "unsure" about their future employment at the zoo, after the county announced the ending of a partnership that helps fund the zoo.

According to our partners at WISC-TV, Dane County is not renewing the contract with the Henry Vilas Zoological Society. This society funds dozens of employees, some who have been there for years, who work for concessions and attractions.

"If I wasn't able to work here it would be devastating, to be honest. The reason I've stayed here for so long is because I love our zoo, and it's just a part of me," said James Scott, food services manager at Henry Vilas Zoo.

Dane County attempted to negotiate a new deal for "almost a year," but there were a number of issues that both parties could not resolve.

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