After two studies, management of the Niabi Zoo may change. Tomorrow, the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Committee will consider a resolution to put private managers in charge of the zoo in Coal Valley, instead of the county board.
The resolution calls for a committee to form a public-private partnership. Rock Island County would still own the zoo, but an independent board of directors would oversee a non-profit organization in charge of zoo operations.
Last week, a consultant hired by the Forest Preserve Commission released a report, which largely agreed with a previous study commissioned by the Niabi Zoological Society. Both reports found the zoo is not raising enough money, but that could improve with a switch to private management.