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Roos-N-More Zoo in Moapa still struggling to raise money

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Roos-N-More Zoo in Moapa still struggling to raise money

By Bryan Callahan. CREATED Feb 7, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It seems to be case of one step forward and one step back for Roos-N-More Zoo in Moapa.

As the county removed a cease and desist order earlier this week, the director learned the changes they want completed could cost twice as much as they originally believed.

The zoo was closed down late last month after the health department said the residential bathrooms on the property did not meet the requirements for the facility.

Unfortunately, the cease and desist order that was removed only allows the nonprofit to open for private tours.

At about five tours a week, director Valerie Holt said that is only enough to cover food for the animals and employee salaries.

"It really doesn't make a dent. We've had a lot of people asking us, you obviously make a ton of money doing this. And I'm like no, we lose money every day, We do it for the love," Roos-N-More Director Valerie Holt said.

The group said since the order was lifted, donations towards the construction of permanent bathrooms have slowed to the trickle.

So far the group has raised $15,000 toward that goal.

"Obviously the support and a lot of people going we don't want the zoo to go away has been pushing us to keep struggling," Holt said.

One of the big fundraisers they have coming up is next weekend at Zappos in Downtown Las Vegas from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16.

"Basically we are going to bring 40 to 50 animals down to Zappos and basically set up the zoo there," Holt said.

Even as they plan more fundraisers, the group is learning the cost of the construction could double, because of new regulations and increased estimates from contractors.

"From what he saw, and the size he was anticipating, and the fact they want it made out of block. He said we are looking at $300-400,000 plus," Holt said.

While Holt said the cease and desist was a mixed blessing, she is still confident that the community will continue to step up and help support the zoo.

Upcoming fundraisers include:

Tickets for the Zoo Day at Zappos are $12 general admission and $7 for children. Interactive tickets, which allow open access to the animal's enclosures, are $35 for adults and $25 for children. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketcake.com.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers at 9809 S. Eastern. Donating 15-percent of purchase to Roos-N-More with flyer available on Facebook page.

Evil Dead the Musical is also holding some fundraisers for the zoo as well.

Bryan Callahan

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Bryan Callahan joined the Action News team as a general assignment reporter in August of 2013.