Memphis Zoo Announces Revised Admissi...

Memphis Zoo Announces Revised Admission Policies

There are 129 comments on the WREG story from Apr 2, 2010, titled Memphis Zoo Announces Revised Admission Policies. In it, WREG reports that:

Memphis Zoo officials have established new policies for their Free Tuesday events.

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JGG

Olive Branch, MS

#1 Apr 2, 2010
Never ceases to amaze me. F'in degenerates in this city. What a bunch of scumbags

Since: Mar 10

Memphis, TN

#2 Apr 2, 2010
well, let us just see if these illiterates that came to cause trouble at the Zoo can read this at the computers at a public library....but I really doubt it.

Since: Mar 10

Memphis, TN

#3 Apr 2, 2010
Looks like you let the public down on a few of your restrictions last week, ZooKeeper, but I know you did your best. Keep the faith and just rock on.
cbs

Tupelo, MS

#4 Apr 2, 2010
thank you - thank you - thank you! this was so needed!
Sam

Southaven, MS

#5 Apr 2, 2010
It's just a matter of time, probably minutes, before Jesse Jackson is down here pontificating at the zoo about profilin' and racism! How dare the zoo not allow underwear showing and gun toting and all the churrens to come and be theyselves.
Sara

Olive Branch, MS

#6 Apr 2, 2010
The last time i was at the zoo was for zoo lights and there were a ton of people there who should have been accompanied by adults but it takes gunfire for the memphis zoo to make changes. My sister was going to take my nephew but i am glad she did not....if something had happened to him or her there would have been a lot hell to pay. i had hoped to take my children to the zoo next week but not anymore. i guess they will just have to enjoy the park or i will have to drive to jackson, ms for them to go to the zoo.
weary warrior

Pasadena, CA

#7 Apr 2, 2010
Sad sad sad ( and disgusting as well ) It's a shame that the youth in Memphis dont know how to act.
claysgal

Olive Branch, MS

#8 Apr 2, 2010
I don't see where this is going to help. I think they should install metal detectors at the entrance, not just the gate, to ensure the saftey of the children. Who's to say one of those 21 year olds won't bust a cap in someone...Just more proof that Memphis is not the place to raise children, nor visit attractions.
Sheepdog

Miami, FL

#9 Apr 2, 2010
Typical. That's why my family and I never go on Tuesdays. I learned years ago that anything free in Memphis doesn't really apply to decent people.
Kim

Collierville, TN

#10 Apr 2, 2010
So, a 21 YO will be allowed to bring in up to 5 "children" 16 and younger. That in itself is hilarious.

21 YO thug brings 5 14 and 15 YO thugs to the zoo with him.

Sheepdog, I quit going for the same reason. Last time I went, my daughter was 7. She could not enjoy the playground because the 12-17 plus YO kids were playing on it. I alerted the zoo officials. Two came over and saw that the kids were probably "tougher" than them and told me that they could not do anything about it. And, the language these kids were using was so horrible. I was not about to expose her to these kids.
midtown

Memphis, TN

#11 Apr 2, 2010
i love midtown. i love the zoo. i have had a membership for a long time...it pays for itself in one to two visits and I NEVER HAVE TO GO ON TUESDAY. I haven't been visiting the zoo on tuesday in over a decade. Now it is the NUMBER ONE ZOO IN THE COUNTRY. Don't miss out on this amazing and usually fun attraction we have in memphis, just arrange to go during a time that isn't the "free" time. Check it out, it is super cool and fun for kids. When it isn't free time.
brittany

United States

#12 Apr 2, 2010
I guarantee most of the folks causing trouble were 16, 17, and 18 year olds. Where is their supervision? They are the ones who drove to the zoo in the first place, right? They need to install metal detectors and ramp up security. It's a shame but the zoo is a nice place to visit and I think we should do whatever we can to keep it that way. Hopefully this was a one time deal.

Anytime I have ever been to the zoo it was on a day when you had to pay, and there was never a problem that I saw. I'll keep going on the paying days, I don't mind. I can't really take off work to visit the zoo anyways.
weary warrior

Pasadena, CA

#13 Apr 2, 2010
Kim wrote:
So, a 21 YO will be allowed to bring in up to 5 "children" 16 and younger. That in itself is hilarious.
21 YO thug brings 5 14 and 15 YO thugs to the zoo with him.
Sheepdog, I quit going for the same reason. Last time I went, my daughter was 7. She could not enjoy the playground because the 12-17 plus YO kids were playing on it. I alerted the zoo officials. Two came over and saw that the kids were probably "tougher" than them and told me that they could not do anything about it. And, the language these kids were using was so horrible. I was not about to expose her to these kids.
Ah the vermin of society...in any public place they come out like cockroaches. They are dirty, foul mouthed and hopeless. They are future rapists, car jackers, and murderers.
I should be optimistic and hope these ill-bred morons can radically alter their own futures by staying in school and trying to break free from the stereotype given to them...BUT look around-its a losing battle-the black youth of Memphis are already criminals.
Linda

Miami, FL

#14 Apr 2, 2010
I think that it is great for Tennesse Residents, but what about a day of free admisson in the afternoon for Mississippi or Arkansas residents. We put in just as munch money in tickets and year long memberships and anybody else and there should be a day of free admission for Mississippi residents and another day for Arkansas residents.
Thank you
dcr

Memphis, TN

#15 Apr 2, 2010
The zoo doesn't need metal detectors. It needs people to act like they have a little bit of home training! It is pathetic that people don't know how to act!
concerned mom

Jackson, TN

#16 Apr 2, 2010
We have not attened the memphis zoo in years. we take our girls to the st. louis zoo, it's free everyday and bigger and to me nicer. Whose to say what happend tuesday could not happen on a thursday or any other day of the week. SO glad i don't live in memphis.
Ron White

Olive Branch, MS

#17 Apr 2, 2010
Sara wrote:
The last time i was at the zoo was for zoo lights and there were a ton of people there who should have been accompanied by adults but it takes gunfire for the memphis zoo to make changes. My sister was going to take my nephew but i am glad she did not....if something had happened to him or her there would have been a lot hell to pay. i had hoped to take my children to the zoo next week but not anymore. i guess they will just have to enjoy the park or i will have to drive to jackson, ms for them to go to the zoo.
don't let this one incident keep you from doing what you want. Do you think something like this wouldn't happen at the park? I quote from the newspage "Residents Complained About Gunfire Near Busy Park
Police Set up Observation
They Made Three Arrests and Found Drugs and Weapons

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(MEMPHIS 4/01/2010)-- Memphis Police set up observation at an apartment complex playground after receiving several complaints about teens firing weapons and terrorizing residents.

Their police work led them to an apartment overlooking the park, in the 2800 Block of Raja inside the Breezy Point Apartment Complex in Frayser. Police say they smelled marijuana and observed drugs. They went in, then discovered weapons, credit cards, and ID, bullets, shells, a mask and marijuana roaches.

They placed three people under arrest. Travis Miller, Percil Walls and Antonio Leake are all behind bars charged with unlawful possesion of a weapon. They were each given a $10,000 bond, but all three remain behind bars.

Police records show the weapons found inside the apartment include a tactical pistol shotgun hidden between a couch and the wall, and a pistol hidden under a mattress.

When we visited the park Thursday, it was packed with happy kids simply trying to have a good time. Their parents are relieved police found the guns before someone innocent got hurt. "

Spring break is over now. There are more restrictions now that should keep this from happening again. This is the only time anything like this has ever happened at the zoo and you are going to let it scare you from doing something you would love to do? If that is the case, maybe you need to lock yourself in your house, homeschool your kids and have food delivered.
Ron White

Olive Branch, MS

#18 Apr 2, 2010
brittany wrote:
I guarantee most of the folks causing trouble were 16, 17, and 18 year olds. Where is their supervision? They are the ones who drove to the zoo in the first place, right? They need to install metal detectors and ramp up security. It's a shame but the zoo is a nice place to visit and I think we should do whatever we can to keep it that way. Hopefully this was a one time deal.
Anytime I have ever been to the zoo it was on a day when you had to pay, and there was never a problem that I saw. I'll keep going on the paying days, I don't mind. I can't really take off work to visit the zoo anyways.
I would also guess that there were many parents who just dropped off their kids and used the zoo as babysitters.
Rodney

Cordova, TN

#19 Apr 2, 2010
I love the rules now we can keep the thugs and thugettes out!!!!!!! This is my city and yours stop thugging!!!
Terry

United States

#20 Apr 2, 2010
I would support a free day for all MidSouth residents, not just Tennesseeans. I also think the best way to manage the free days would be to issue free tickets at least 1 day in advance. They can control the capacity that way and hand out a copy of the rules at the same time. More security officers and zero tollerance for horrible behavior.

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