A new partnership is formed Tuesday to help Waco Mammoth National Monument expand its research and growth.
Since the monument became a national park, city officials tell us the attendance has almost tripled, the tour groups are filling up and there are not enough parking spaces for all visitors.
Such a rapid growth demands more research, which is going to be guided by a newly formed board of directors from four entities – the mammoth site, the Mammoth foundation, the city of Waco and Baylor University.
Malcolm Duncan, Jr., former mayor of Waco says expanding research is crucial to keeping the monument alive.
The community has already raised over $4 million for a shelter protecting the mammoth bones at the site.
However, most of the bones are currently at the Mayborn Museum.
The plan is to bring most of these bones back to the mammoth site for research done by national scientists, since the site is governed by a federal government.
The partnership idea includes plans to expand the visitors’ center and create a children’s center.