Smoking products will be prohibited on all zoo grounds under a new policy governing facilities operated by Metro, the regional government. The Metro Council approved the tobacco policy a year ago, but implemented it in four stages. The zoo has long prohibited smoking in buildings, but permitted it in designated outdoor special areas. The zoo is one of Oregon’s most popular visitor places. In 2011, it admitted more than 1.5 million visitors and resulted in $43.1 million of direct spending in the local income.
The zoo offers 760 area jobs and $30.1 million in salaries in the Portland places, according to a recent study by Crossroads Consulting Services.
The zoo gained a regulation of worldwide reputation earlier this month when video of its “inactive lioness” Kya apparently attacking a kid named Jack through a glass fence which was posted to YouTube. “Lion tries to eat child Part 1″. It has been viewed more than 4.3 million times.
Wednesday, the zoo dismissed a still photo of its lionesses in connection with the anti-smoking advertisements. In that picture, the big cats are not interested in their visitors.