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Security plans for the National Zoo are on pause

The National Capital Planning Commission postponed a decision until the fall

Smithsonian’s National Zoo Red Panda- Rusty Goes Missing Photo by Abby Wood/Smithsonian National Zoo via Getty Images

The Smithsonian’s plan to harden security around the National Zoo by cutting the number of entrances and adding checkpoints didn’t sail through a vote at the National Capital Planning Commission yesterday. The commission voted 8 to 1 to defer the decision until September, the Washington Post reports.

The vote comes after backlash to the plan from neighbors who didn’t want the zoo to be cut off from the community. Before the fall meeting, the Smithsonian now needs to reach out to the community and explain the security threats that prompted the updates in fencing in the first place.