Developing zoo seeks volunteers

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 15:06 PM.

It was a win-win situation for the refuge and the zoo’s inhabitants, for which Mattox deeply cares, she said.

"I have raised most of the animals since they were infants. They are like my children to me,” she said.

Mattox and her husband, Bill Bitsche, plan to stay involved with zoo operations after the transition.

Especially since they live next door.

"I joked with the refuge that they would have to keep me away with a broom," Mattox said.

She particularly anticipates additions.

The refuge will add "animal ambassadors" after the zoo re-opens; details will be released later, Wilkerson said.



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