Almost 500 Animals Have Died At This Zoo in Four Years, And It’s Not Because Of Natural Causes..
South Lakes Safari Zoo (now known as Cumbria Zoo) in the U.K. has done anything but preserve their wildlife.
According to the inspectors at the Captive Animals’ Protection Society, no fewer than 486 animals have died at this zoo in the past four years. On at least two occasions in 2016, government officials inspected the zoo, and found that animals had died, or were dying, from causes like emaciation, hypothermia or preventable and traumatic accidents.
“I think the most disturbing thing for me is that this has been going on for years,” Madeline Taylor, campaigns officer for CAPS, told The Dodo. “They’ve been told to bring things up to standard, and there’s been a blatant disregard for the zoo inspectors.”
Taylor also told the Dodo she’s seen things like an emaciated kangaroo, a lemur with a sore on its side, and a mongoose with a visible skin condition.
CAPS has other concerns about the zoo as well. For instance, their inspectors witnessed visitors physically interacting with animals last July.
“With certain animals, you’ve got the risk of disease transfer,” Taylor told the Dodo. “Then you’ve got the risk of certain animals being dangerous.”
Unfortunately, things only got worse for the inspecting crew….