Torquay attraction is closing
Less than a week after the announcement on Monday that Living Coasts in Torquay won't be re-opening as a visitor attraction, homes for the animals have been found.
They're not being moved immediately as moving animals to other zoos and aquariums is complex.
Dr Kirsten Pullen, director of conservation and education at Wild Planets Trust that runs Living Coasts says: “We needed to ensure that their new home is the right habitat, the right social grouping and has the right experienced staff working with them. There is a range of legislation we need to comply with – for example, the size of animal carrier we move them in, and what ‘permits’, ‘passports’ and health certificates they need to cross country borders. We need to be sure the transport company is experienced and reliable, and they have all the paperwork ready for inspection. At every step, the wellbeing of our animals is key to a successful transport. In the meantime, Living Coasts staff will continue to care for the animals.”
Executive director Simon Tonge adds: “The zoo community is very networked and mutually supportive. Thank you to all our members and friends for sharing your concerns and I hope you are reassured that our animals are in the best possible hands.”