Zoo New York will open on weekends this winter

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After some successful fundraising in recent months, Zoo New York officials have announced that the zoo will be open this winter for limited hours, starting Saturday.

The zoo will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The zoo, located in Thompson Park, also will be open during those hours for the full week of winter school break, Feb. 19 to 23.

Interim Director Mark D. Irwin said the decision was made on Monday night by the zoo’s marketing and development committee after reviewing fundraising efforts this winter.

“We’ll do what we can, even if it’s baby steps,” Irwin said Tuesday.

In October, the Thompson Park Conservancy, the organization that runs the zoo, announced it was closing the facility without a reopening date.

To open for winter hours, the community and zoo volunteers have come forward with support, Irwin said. So far, the zoo raised $30,000 during a winter fundraising appeal and brought in another $15,000 from the Winter Wonderland Lights presentation during the holidays.

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