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When we moved to Victoria, we were delighted to discover the Texas Zoo. It's a wonderful place to spend a morning or even just a lunch break.

Last week, our son attended zoo camp there and regaled us nightly with stories of miniature possums, friendly macaws and baby prairie dogs. Then, Saturday night, Paula and I had a splendid time at the zoo's annual luau. Polynesian dancers and Elvis are not what you expect to see in Victoria.

Every time we visit the zoo, whether with our kids or out-of-town guests, we find a new treasure, such as the second-oldest green jay there. I know the zoo struggles each year to stay on solid financial footing. This week, we take a look at the zoo's budget and fund-raising efforts.

I encourage everyone to get a zoo membership and support this Victoria jewel in whatever way you can. As the zoo's director said Saturday night, it's Victoria's No. 1 tourist attraction.