Top Cape Town zoo closes down

2012-06-01 08:42
Cape Town - One of Cape Town’s tourist attractions has been sold and is set to close down due to financial difficulties.

Tygerberg Zoo, situated about 40km outside of Cape Town, had been struggling for some time with high maintenance costs and a fall in visitors, reported the Cape Times.

Owner Lorraine Spence said she was sad to sell the property after almost 40 years but would not reveal how much the selling price was.

“I have 24 staff, some with up to 33 years service, who will be retrenched and have to be paid. I also have four people who live on the farm and for whom I will have to buy homes. It is sad. We are like family,” she said.

The new owner had a farm equipment manufacturing businesses.

Homes were being found for all the animals.   

Most animals would still be at the zoo for some time and entry fees would be reduced from 1 June.

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