Still a way to go, but zoo has im­proved

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THOU­SANDS of East Lon­don lo­cals have been con­cerned about the con­di­tion of the East Lon­don Zoo, in­clud­ing the sickly look­ing an­i­mals.

Since the ini­tial up­roar, the zoo’s man­age­ment have made some im­prove­ments in upgrading the fa­cil­i­ties and im­prov­ing the an­i­mal’s diet plans.

A num­ber of im­ages of mal­nour­ished look­ing bears were cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia and led to the creation of a pe­ti­tion call­ing for the zoo to be closed down (GO! & Ex­press, “Pe­ti­tion to close down city’s zoo” Jan­uary 25, 2018).

Rio Ash­ing­ton vis­ited the zoo at the time and said the con­di­tions were shock­ing. “There is lit­ter, the cages are filthy and the an­i­mals look de­pressed. The an­i­mals that are alone look mis­er­able. As for the state of the snake exhibit – there was fae­ces smeared all over the floor and the win­dows in the snakes cages were filthy.”

Lawrence An­thony Earth Or­gan­i­sa­tion, in the Ukraine, CEO Lionel de Lange, who vis­ited the EL Zoo ear­lier this year to as­sess the con­di­tions posted this on his Face­book page: “I trav­elled to South Africa in Fe­bru­ary 2018 and vis­ited the zoo and met with man­age­ment. The photos did not look good at all and the bears were moult­ing but also they seemed to be very scrawny and small.

“Their diet was def­i­nitely not ad­e­quate, and af­ter con­sult­ing with staff mem­bers, who were very keen to help, I sug­gested some changes and we in­creased their diet in­take and also the va­ri­ety, as you can see in the photos.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the rest of the project has stalled and we are still wait­ing on var­i­ous quotes to build new or to adapt their ex­ist­ing en­clo­sure,” De Lange said.

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LOOK­ING BET­TER: The bears and other an­i­mals’s diet plans have been im­proved at the East Lon­don Zoo. The zoo is also look­ing to up­grade its in­fra­struc­ture

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