Living Coasts had said it would do everything in its power to avoid the mass euthanasia of its creatures as it announced its regretful decision to close its doors after 20 years in business. Loyal visitors had raised fears for the animals but on Friday morning awoke to good news. A wolrdwide network of zoos and aquariums, and the community has come together to re-home the animals in their specialist facilities.
Dr Kirsten Pullen, Director of Conservation & Education: “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.”
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