BILLINGS, Mont. -

In the just over two years since ZooMontana lost its accreditation due to financial difficulties, officials say the zoo is improving its financial outlook, seeing more visitors and may seek re-accreditation sometime in the next year.
    
Zoo executive director Jeff Ewelt tells zoo officials are happy with the progress they've made, but continue to work to establish renewable funding sources such as multi-year corporate pledges and an endowment.
    
The zoo also has created educational programs, both at the zoo and through schools and other groups.
    
Ewelt says he and the board of directors have decided to make sure the zoo is on a solid foundation before seeking re-accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
    
Board president Kim Welzenbach says the zoo's long-term goal is to become a tourist destination.