This picture of a little kid finding out that the zoo is closed because of the shutdown is very sad. It may take awhile to figure out the true losses from the shutdown, but we can already see the effect in losses in tourism revenue.
To get an idea of how much the government shutdown is costing in real dollars, The National Parks Conservation Association has created an infographic of some of the losses and is keeping a running counter.
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According to the National Parks Conservation Association, $450,000 in revenues is being lost by park service every day since the shutdown. Another victim of the shutdown is local communities near parks. These gateway cities and its businesses could lose as much as $30 million per day the national parks are closed.