New homes found for Living Coasts animals

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(Last Updated On: June 19, 2020)

It has been announced today that new homes for the animals at Living Coasts have been found.

Wild Planet Trust has announced that it has already found safe homes for all the animals at Living Coasts which announced its permanent closure earlier this month.

The animals will not be removed immediately and the team at Living Coasts will continue to care for the animals until they are moved.

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.”

Simon Tonge, Executive Director of Wild Planet Trust: “I am pleased, but not surprised, that we have found homes for our animals so quickly. The zoo community is very networked and mutually supportive. Thank you to all our members and friends for sharing your concerns and I hope you are reassured that our animals are in the best possible hands.”

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