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DENVER - Higher food prices and veterinary care costs are why the Denver Zoo asked for an increase in admission fees on Wednesday.

A city council subcommittee will review the request, which would raise admission by $2 for all age groups during the March through October high season and raise the off-season price from November through February by $1.

The increase would bring high season prices to $17 for general admission and off-season general admission to $13.

The price increase would not affect membership costs.

The last admission hike came in 2012, and since then zoo spokeswoman Tiffany Barnhart says the price of hay has skyrocketed by 77 percent and veterinary costs have also significantly increased.

If approved, the fee increase will go into place in mid-September.

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