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.

Read more on:    cape town  |  animals

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
47 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.