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New homes found for Living Coasts' animals

Homes have already been found for the animals at coastal zoo Living Coasts, after bosses announced it would remain closed.

The Torquay attraction is remaining shut due to a loss of income during the pandemic and falling visitor numbers in recent years.

The animals - which include penguins, seals and birds - will now start to be moved, although bosses say it will be a long and complex process.

Wild Planet Trust says it is 'pleased to announce that it has already found homes for its animals' adding that 'Living Coasts is part of a world-wide network of zoos and aquariums, and this community has come together to re-home the animals in their specialist facilities'.

Dr Kirsten Pullen, Director of Conservation and Education, said: “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, added:: “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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