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UK Zoo Gets License Rejected After Hundreds of Animal Deaths

The committee said zoo inspectors had been "dismayed by the obvious deficiencies" at the zoo. It cited overcrowding, the lack of proper veterinary procedures and other severe problems
By The News · 06 of March 2017 12:52:24
Photo of the sign at South Lakes Safari Zoo, formally known as South Lakes Wild Animal Park, in Cumbria, England, Aug. 6, 2016, photo of the sign at South Lakes Safari Zoo, formally known as South Lakes Wild Animal Park, in Cumbria, England. , photo: PA Wire/Danny Lawson

LONDON – Local officials in Britain have refused to renew the license of a zoo where nearly 500 animals have died in the last four years.

The Barrow Borough Council on Monday turned down the renewal bid by the South Lakes Safari Zoo in Cumbria in northern England. Chairman Tony Callister says the board’s decision was unanimous and was made because the council did not believe proper conservation measures were being followed.

A general view of South Lakes Safari Zoo. Photo: PA Wire/Danny Lawson

The committee said zoo inspectors had been “dismayed by the obvious deficiencies” at the zoo. It cited overcrowding, the lack of proper veterinary procedures and other severe problems.

Zoo founder David Gill can appeal the rejection.