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Newt Calls for Privatization of National Zoo

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told a congressional panel that the Smithsonian Institution should turn management of the National Zoo over to a public-private partnership - saying that it would result in more creativity and flexibility in managing the research center and the 163-acre zoological park in the heart of the nation's capitol.

The model proposed by Gingrich has been implemented in other zoos around the country, including the Atlanta-Fulton County Zoo, which has been a non-profit organization since 1984. For almost 100 years, the city funded and operated the zoo until it reached a "crisis point for various reasons."

But, if we're talking Smithsonian, why stop at the zoo?

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