12th July 2021

Borth Zoo have had their application for a Dangerous Wild Animal Licence turned down by Ceredigion County Council. In April 2021, the owners of 'Britain's worst zoo' applied for the licence which is required by law for anyone keeping certain wild animals deemed as dangerous, such as big cats, some primates, camels, etc.

However, following an inspection of the zoo on 12th May, the local authority decided to reject the application, meaning the zoo could no longer keep any animals listed under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act.

Since Borth Wild Animal Kingdom Ltd was wound up after accruing debts of over £100,000, the zoo is trading under a new business, the Animalarium, and so requires new licences.

It's been reported that all of the zoo's primates have been relocated to Monkey World in Dorset in June, whilst plans to move the lechwe, a species of African antelope, are currently being finalised. In March last year, three lechwe escaped from Borth Zoo, prompting Ceredigion County Council to condemn the failing zoo.

We hope the rehoming of some animals from the zoo marks another step towards the permanent closure of the site, in which animals have been suffering for years.

Please join our call to Ceredigion Council to permanently shut down Borth Zoo.

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