Micke Grove Zoo to reap $500K windfall from state budget

   Micke Grove Zoo may soon fix some of its aging infrastructure after $500,000 was earmarked for repairs and exhibits at the zoo in the 2016-2017 state budget.
   It means a lot to the zoo,” said Parks Administrator Duncan Jones.
   In many cases, water and sewer pipes underneath the zoo are more than 60 years old, he said. Many were placed when the zoo was created in 1957 or even earlier when the property still belonged to William and Julia Micke.
   The need to upgrade facilities was discovered when a sewer line broke and damaged the concrete above it a few years ago. The whole line was bad, Jones said. Staff is also constantly repairing water line breaks, he said.
   Micke Grove Zoo is funded by San Joaquin County and competes for resources among other agencies such as the County Jail and San Joaquin General Hospital.
   This rare opportunity for specifically earmarked state funds was a project of State Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), who applied to have zoo funding added to the state budget.