MADISON (WKOW) -- There's another feather in the cap of Madison's Henry Vilas Zoo.
Wednesday, it was announced that the zoo had once again received its five year accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Dane County executive Joe Parisi says the AZA requires zoos to go through a rigorous process to earn accreditation, based on animal care, veterinary programs, education, conservation and safety.
"The zoo is what it is because of our community coming together, and the commitment that we have from all of our partners. And it really reflects the values of our community; conservation, sustainability, and high quality treatment of the animals," said Parisi.
Parisi also announced that his proposed budget for next year includes $380,000 for upgrades to the zoo's Arctic Passage project, which still hasn't broken ground.
Construction is scheduled to begin soon, but needs approval from the Dane County Board.
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