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MIDTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - This morning, on behalf of the Memphis Zoo, I extended a formal apology to Mayor A C Wharton regarding a press release issued by the Zoo Tuesday morning, May 20, 2014. The press release addressed proposed solutions to the parking issue, and it has been brought to our attention that the tone of the document was perceived as a personal attack on the Mayor. This was never the intention of the Zoo.   The press release assertion that the Mayor misled citizens was incorrect, and we apologize for that. 

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The Zoo, the City of Memphis and Mayor Wharton have had a long-standing, mutually beneficial relationship. We look forward to continuing that relationship many years into the future as we work together to build one of the world’s great zoos and build a greater Memphis. We look forward to working together with the Mayor and the City to maintain and expand one of the world’s greatest zoos and to collaborate to address the parking issues and other issues that go along with the growth.

For any personal attacks that may have been perceived through the Zoo’s press release, I offer my sincere apologies on behalf of our institution and me personally.

Chuck Brady
President, Memphis Zoo

Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. issued the following statement regarding Memphis Zoo’s news release and subsequent apology:

“The tone of the press release was disrespectful and inappropriate and I am glad that Chuck Brady, President, saw fit to apologize. In spite of the personal attack, I will keep the overall best interest of the City foremost and continue to work with Zoo officials and supporters to find a satisfactory solution to the parking challenges.”

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