A national zoo association has suspended accreditation for the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums cited an initial review of zoo procedures for acquiring or transferring animals.

Zoo spokeswoman Rachel Nelson said the suspension is temporary, and the zoo will address the association's concerns.

Lowry Park Zoo president Lex Salisbury, now on a leave of absence, requested the AZA review after questions arose about 201
trades, sales, loans and gifts of animals between him and the zoo.

Salisbury agreed in October to step down until investigations into his private dealings with the zoo are complete.

Zoo and city officials say visitors to the zoo should not see any changes as a result of the suspension.

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