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Mon, Apr 27 | By Zootoo Pet News Staff | 163

NEW YORK -- Residents at the Bronx Zoo are now looking elsewhere for a permanent home -- New York City's oldest zoo has announced a round of lay-offs, which will kick hundreds of animals to the curb. The economy's weight has proved too m… more ›

Bronx Zoo Lays Off Hundreds of Animals
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Nicole F.
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Nicole F.
5 years ago

The World of Darkness is the coolest exhibit at the Bronx Zoo and it will be greatly missed. I hope all of the animals are placed in proper facilities where they can be stimulated by as much enrichment as possible. Zoo collections are a tough debate - the animals should be free to live natural lives as they were meant to, but if born in captivity it can be dangerous (to themselves and to others of their species) to release them carelessly into the wild. I hope a zoo's collection instills a sense of wonder and the importance of conservation. Unfortunately, not all people will be touched, not all people have a heart for the organisms (plants and animals) that have been here on this planet before we showed up and started messing with the order of things.

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Lilyrose
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Lilyrose
5 years ago

I enjoyed going to the zoo as a kid. But the older I get, the more I question why we lock up animals for our entertainment. On the other hand, I do understand the need for saving some from extinction and/or being hunted to near extinction. Wish I had a good solution for all of these animals.

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Norrie
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Norrie
5 years ago

I certainly hope this won't be a trend with other zoos and aquariums.

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jackie
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jackie
5 years ago

thats a shame I remember going there as a kid was a great place to visit hope they treat the animals good

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

you are right jackie these soos should have enough visitors to pay thier bills. it is one thing to loan an animal to another zoo for breeding purposes but because they can't get enough funding is not right. maybe that town that wants to spen money to get rid of htat rooster who rides the bike should do something useful with that money and help the zoo

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jackie
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jackie
5 years ago

I agree that would be a better way to spend the money than try to throw out a poor rooster. I say save the zoo!

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Linda M.
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Linda M.
5 years ago

Maybe Bloomberg should be given a "pink slip". Relocatioin of these animals is going to tear family and friends apart. This is so sad.

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Carol
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Carol
5 years ago

Give Bloomberg the pink slip? The humane thing to do for the people of NY would be to have him quietly euthanized.

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

Maybe this tough economy will have an upside and zoos won't be making any more 'acquisitions'. Even as a kid I always thought it was sad to see the animals 'locked up'.

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Jennifer L.
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Jennifer L.
5 years ago

People tend to forget how the economy effects our animals. I know that local shelters near my house are seeing an increasing number of animals brought in. People just don't want to spend money on their pets if it puts themselves in a bind. I could never do that, but lately I've been thinking about all the animals that are potentially starving because of the economy. It's very sad.

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DDRau
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DDRau
5 years ago

The animals are not being kicked to the curb:

"At the Bronx Zoo, we are closing the World of Darkness and relocating animals in our Rare Animal Range and an area in the southeastern corner of the zoo.

As we go through this process, we will relocate some of our animals to other areas within our family of zoos in New York. We will be transferring some animals to facilities that meet or exceed the guidelines used by accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Exchanging animals is a practice that zoos regularly engage in to ensure that our populations are genetically diverse and demographically stable.

The wellbeing of our animals is of utmost importance to us, and we will never do anything to compromise that. That's part of the DNA of the Bronx Zoo. Our cost savings will be achieved in part with operational cuts, not with any compromises as far as the care and safety of our animals."

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Studmuffin
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Studmuffin
5 years ago

If more people would become members this won't be such a big problem.

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Norrie
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Norrie
5 years ago

You are so right, I believe that used to be called, "PUT YOUR MONEY WERE YOUR MOUTH IS". Also we could buy year around tickets to our local zoo and aquarium.

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Norrie
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Norrie
5 years ago

Oops, mispelled WHERE!

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Carol
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Carol
5 years ago

Sounds good - better than the way the Catskill Game Farm handled the animals when it closed down. Many of their animals were auctioned off and the major concern was that they might be purchased by those low lifes who provide canned hunts for the not-so-sportsmanly idiots.

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DDRau
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DDRau
5 years ago

Too horrible to think about. I believe the Wildlife Conservation Society has much higher standards, moral ethics and true concern for their animals.

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Shell
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Shell
5 years ago

This is a tough one for me because I'm not comfortable viewing animals in captivity but zoos are here to stay. I hope the animals being removed are relocated safely to a permanent home where they will find comfort once again in familiar surroundings. The Bronx was my home as a kid and I do have very fond memories of visiting the zoo on many, many occasions. I feel sad that zoos are affected by the economy.

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Tessa
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Tessa
5 years ago

Here's hoping that the Lemur Center at Duke can take the lemurs and that all the other animals that have been "down-sized" find safe,roomy homes.

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Lourie H.
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Lourie H.
5 years ago

The economy is affecting everyone. Hopefully these animals will be relocated to a safe environment. I think someday zoos as we know them will be a thing of the past.

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Lynn
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Lynn
5 years ago

I so agree with you....it's a shame what the economy is doing to everyone...

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
5 years ago

It is truly sad to see that the economy is having such an impact all around. I hope these animals are sent somewhere they will be safe and taken care of.

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BuilderBob
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BuilderBob
5 years ago

WCS will make sure they are safe.

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Witchone
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Witchone
5 years ago

Hopefully, most will go to the Omaha zoo. Zoos are just animal prisons in my humble opinion.

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Missy M.
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Missy M.
5 years ago

This is really sad that its even hitting zoos.

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Lynn
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Lynn
5 years ago

It is sad that it has affected innocent animals....

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
5 years ago

It's really sad that the zoo was impacted by budget cuts. I just hope they find good places to relocate the animals. I find myself liking zoos less and less. I think a lot of the animals would be better served in their natural habitats or sanctuaries where they would have more room to roam. I do agree that most people would never get a chance to see these animals if it wasn't for zoos, but it really kills me to see animals like polar bears and elephants stuck in confined areas like that.

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
5 years ago

Kath, I have to agree with you. I feel that animals need to be in their own natural habitats to thrive.

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BuilderBob
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BuilderBob
5 years ago

Very complicated issue. People give to what they care about. Seeing animals close up makes it real. While not ideal, zoos are not what they were years ago.

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
5 years ago

I agree with you. I guess more people are aware of animal issues since they have had an opportunity to see them up close. It just breaks my heart to see elephants and polar bears.

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DEREKDEMANE
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DEREKDEMANE
5 years ago

Being a former zookeeper at the Bronx Zoo. I'm saddened to hear the closing of these exhibits and the displacing of these animals. I worked at all these exhibits. The Bronx Zoo is one of a very few select things in New York City that actually makes money for the city. The zoo brings in millions of dollars for the city. I truly believe that this could all of been handled differently.

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Emily B.
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Emily B.
5 years ago

Wow. I love Missouri. Last time I visited, our Zoo admission price was free. It will be amazing if things stay that way. Hopefully the animals all end up having great future lives.

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dj h.
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dj h.
5 years ago

It's such a shame that money is wasted & so friviously doled out to whoever whines the loudest but the animals are always pushed aside.

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
5 years ago

Here, here! I could not agree more!

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MsBoss
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MsBoss
5 years ago

This is so sad! Times like these impact all areas including the poor animals which never asked to be place in a zoo in the first palce. Now their home is being uprooted and they will be under stress just like the humans.

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Flowerhead910
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Flowerhead910
5 years ago

This is a hard time for so many, it's a shame the animals have suffer.

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Stacy H.
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Stacy H.
5 years ago

It is a shame. If it could happen to them it could happen to any one. Lucky I still have a job that allows me to care for all my pets.

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Veronica (Ronnie) G.
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Veronica (Ronnie) G.
5 years ago

This is happening more and more. Very frightening. And so sad.

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Schnoll007
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Schnoll007
5 years ago

it is a shame about what can really happen when the economy goes bad aniamals suffer just as much as we do

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Tara V.
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Tara V.
5 years ago

That is a really sad story. I wish them the best of luck with the animals and with the rest of their exhibits.

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
5 years ago

This is so sad...& the exhibits that are closing are some of my favorites...I hope these animals can find good homes (I'm not talking about with people in regular houses) at sanctuaries.

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Studmuffin
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Studmuffin
5 years ago

WCS will make sure the animals are either relocated to their other facilities or placed in like minded places. Sadly, the World of Darkness is outdated as well as the rare animal range. Some of the other exibits don't get a lot of traffic so the zoo will save money by moving them to other places. All will stay safe.

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Ganggang
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Ganggang
5 years ago

This is sad for the animals. THis is not their fault.

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Mylima
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Mylima
5 years ago

Oh my goodness! ... now this is sad for me! ... I have wonderful memories from that place! ... I love that zoo! ... I used to take two of daughters to that zoo as many times as I could! ... For now, I will only have pictures and memories from those days! ... oh well!

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
5 years ago

How sad. Billions and billions squandered on inept insurance companies and banks and automakers and not enough money to sustain cultural and educational institutions. Mayor Bloomberg is known for his many and eclectic charitable interests, perhaps he should take a look at his list and allocate a generous wad of his own cash to The Bronx Zoo.

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Linda
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Linda
5 years ago

there you go.

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jane w.
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jane w.
5 years ago

You can't help but wonder if this is going to happen more and more. I hope that they can find homes for all the misplaced animals.

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
5 years ago

That is too bad. I hope they can find another good home for them.

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Evelync
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Evelync
5 years ago

I hope they go somewhere that they are happy and safe

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SISSI V.
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SISSI V.
5 years ago

Well, I know where I'll be going this weekend - enjoying myself at the zoo!!!!! And I will make sure to throw in a few extra bucks into the collection bin - before the gas tax, the groceries, my health insurance, my electric bill and everything else goes up, and before I loose all my benefits at work, as long as I still have work.

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sarah c.
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sarah c.
5 years ago

Aren't any of the stimulus funds going toward animal conservation projects???

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SISSI V.
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SISSI V.
5 years ago

Stimmulus money? I thought that was only for the big wigs and for wellfare recipients?

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Linda
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Linda
5 years ago

Apparently not. I know our Gov want to build a high speed rail and train service between 2 cities. Great appropriation of funds, wouldn't you say? Probably wants it named after him, too.

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Linda
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Linda
5 years ago

And I'm from WI!

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Amy H.
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Amy H.
5 years ago

If some of those high ranking officials took a pay cut and didnt have such fancy offices. we would have enough money to support the zoos.

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Phouka
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Phouka
5 years ago

so are they gonna send 'em to Madagasgar????
You breed 'em.....seriously....why should taxpayer dollars support this? I know I sound harsh and uncaring....which I am not. I feel bad for the animals, but I do not think zoos should be funded by taxpayers.....

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Momba
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Momba
5 years ago

I really hope that all the animals and the people who have been laid off will find their new places quickly.

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Kendalla
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Kendalla
5 years ago

You know the economy's bad when the zoo starts laying off animals!

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debbie l.
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debbie l.
5 years ago

New York needs to get a new mayor!!!!!!!!!Tell the mayor to take a cut in pay and a few of the other officials.(LOL) that'll be the day!

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Donna S.
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Donna S.
5 years ago

I agree let the city officials take a cut in pay, and put that money toward saving the animals.

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Renee M.
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Renee M.
5 years ago

WoW! I hate to read this. Those poor animals have been raised in captivity, what happens to them if no other zoo will take them?

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maria h.
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maria h.
5 years ago

Exactly!If every person who could afford it in New York would donate $1 they would be able to save those animals.

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Renee  M.
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Renee M.
5 years ago

Wow. NOT good. These animals will either end up in the hands of less reputable zoos, petting zoos, private individuals/collectors, or I bet in some cases even on trophy hunting farms. Awful!!

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Rebecca A.
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Rebecca A.
5 years ago

This is a devasting blow. I'm not a fan of breeding, but the zoos do offer a valuable service to the endangered animals in the wild by reintroducing them to the wild. Unfortunely it is us why they are endangered, at least we're trying to correct part of the problem anyway.

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carol m.
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carol m.
5 years ago

Even if we stopped breeding animals for the next 10 yrs. there would still be a problem. When Mother nature had controll things were not so out of controll. Now mankind has interfered and not only do the fittest survive but so do all the weak, and malformed, because we won't leave well enough alone. Maybe if they just downsize the zoo they could manage better. There are not many places better off than this country. Bronx zoo is really a wonderful place it is truly a shame.

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Claire  .
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Claire .
5 years ago

What makes them think they can find a better place elsewhere? Maybe zoo's and other places like stores will finall get the picture, stop expandin in good times and just produce good quality in one place.

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bell o.
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bell o.
5 years ago

thats why should stopbreeding and bring more animals into this cruelworld I just hope the do find homes for these animals and not kil them

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Lindsey J.
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Lindsey J.
5 years ago

This is so sad!

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Carly T.
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Carly T.
5 years ago

This is a sad situation. I hope they don't have to lose anymore animals...

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Diana  S.
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Diana S.
5 years ago

Poor animals. Even the economy is effecting them.

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Spongebrooke
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Spongebrooke
5 years ago

this is very sad. zoos across the country are having the same problem. even in a good economy zoos and wildlife rescues are already full to capacity making it difficult to take in new animals.

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Jean P.
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Jean P.
5 years ago

sad to see that this has to happen but happy that the animails will find homes that may be better able to provide for them.

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SISSI V.
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SISSI V.
5 years ago

I would consider that a little over optimistic. If the Bronx Zoo has problems, do you think other facilities are any better off?

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JenniferMaurer
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JenniferMaurer
5 years ago

This is very sad . . sounds like someone wasn't managing the zoo very well in the first place if it got this bad. I hope someone steps up to help with funding so they don't have to move these animals out of their homes. Sad.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

this is rediculous to do this to something educational and keeps kids off the streets. the mayor needs to reconcider this move.

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