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In the collection management area, reproduction efforts in rare and endangered species will continue.  Long-term breeding and research programs are continually being implemented in an effort to minimize the need to take animals from the wild.  Expansion of nutritional programs, covering the planning period, will insure the health of a valuable collection.

Symposia and monograph publications will continue to contribute to the diffusion of knowledge among professionals and students.  Additional efforts will be made to expand existing educational programs to reach high school, college and adult level audiences.  Efforts will continue to be made to make the visiting public more aware of the plight of endangered species through the use of signs, labels and expanded graphics.

In the facilities management area, sound preventative maintenance programs are being established to care for the Zoo's physical plant. In light of reduced budget targets and lower personnel ceilings, a number of service contracts for grounds, vehicle and facilities maintenance will be initiated in FY 1984.  The Zoo's core staff will continue to provide basic maintenance and service contracts will be implemented in areas that require only periodic scheduled maintenance.

In order to meet the public demands on the Zoo facilities, including requirements related to newly constructed facilities, a moderate increase in staffing levels and financial support over the planning period will be required.

[[underlined]] Science Resource Growth [[/underlined]]

Overall, Science resources may approach $84,000,000 in FY 1988 from FY 1982 levels of about $66,000,000. Scientific research grants and contracts are expected to increase from about $13,000,000 in FY 1982 to about $18,000,000 in FY 1988.  Restricted and unrestricted support of Science activities is expected to grow somewhat to about $10,000,000 from current levels of $9,000,000.  The balance of funding will be sought through the appropriations process, principally for operations and programs of the Natural History Museum (for operating resources associated with collection management and research activities), the Tropical Research Institute (expenses related to the Barro Colorado Nature Monument and strengthening the research programs), the Astrophysical Observatory (including requirements for strengthening of operations at Mt. Hopkins), the Chesapeake Bay Center (for watershed and other research), and the Zoo (for operations and staffing associated with new facilities at Rock Creek and the Front Royal, Virginia, Conservation Center).
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