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USA: Government shutdown closes National Zoo gates to children00:43

USA: Government shutdown closes National Zoo gates to children

United Nations, Washington DC
October 1, 2013 at 15:46 GMT +00:00 · Published

USA: Government shutdown closes National Zoo gates to children

The Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington DC was closed on Tuesday due to the federal government shutdown. The zoo, usually filled with people of all ages and nationalities, is now quiet.

Staff essential to the welfare of the animals, including veterinarians, will remain employed at the zoo. However, maintenance and customer service staff will remain at home on unpaid leave. All events have been cancelled, including entrance to the zoo by visitors and even live animal broadcasts.

The US government has shut down 18 times since 1976. The last time the federal government shut down was in 1995-96, when the Clinton administration failed to reach an agreement with a Republican Congress over governmental spending.

USA: Government shutdown closes National Zoo gates to children00:43
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USA: Government shutdown closes National Zoo gates to children

The Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington DC was closed on Tuesday due to the federal government shutdown. The zoo, usually filled with people of all ages and nationalities, is now quiet.

Staff essential to the welfare of the animals, including veterinarians, will remain employed at the zoo. However, maintenance and customer service staff will remain at home on unpaid leave. All events have been cancelled, including entrance to the zoo by visitors and even live animal broadcasts.

The US government has shut down 18 times since 1976. The last time the federal government shut down was in 1995-96, when the Clinton administration failed to reach an agreement with a Republican Congress over governmental spending.

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