Audit: St. Louis Zoo doing well, but policies need polish
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Zoo is getting high marks in a new audit, but some policies need improvement.
According to the audit, among the highlights of the zoo are the thousands of volunteer hours logged at the facility and a $17 million increase in donations over three years. The audit also shows the zoo spent less than it budgeted to buy, demolish and landscape the grounds of the former Forest Park Hospital.
But auditors also noted the zoo hasn't been following a policy that requires companies bidding for work to certify that no zoo employee has a financial interest in the work. Other recommendations by auditors were smaller, including the zoo to tag and inventory its equipment.
Zoo Chairman Emeritus Jim Conway tells The St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he thought the report was fair overall.