Poor situations at Belfast Zoo see remaining elephants transferred to Holland

Lousy dwelling disorders for the elephants at Belfast Zoo has been cited as the explanation that they are to be transferred to a zoo in Holland.

The last two remaining elephants at the Zoo will be transferred to Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem.

The Director of Economic Advancement at Belfast Town Council told the Council’s Metropolis Advancement and Regeneration Committee that the elephants would be transferred to the Dutch zoo and they would also make strides to continue on a very long-expression development strategy for Belfast Zoo.

AT HOME: Author S Kirk Walsh at the Zoo this year. She wrote a fictional account of the Zoo during the Belfast Blitz

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AT Household: Creator S Kirk Walsh at the Zoo this 12 months. She wrote a fictional account of the Zoo during the Belfast Blitz

It was determined that standard reports would arrive back again to the Council committee relating to this perform as effectively as an audit on the Zoo to assess its expectations and administration.

Sinn Féin Cllr Conor Maskey called for financial commitment and a renewed concentrate on Belfast Zoo.

“It was confirmed in 2019 that Belfast Zoo unsuccessful in criteria of the human body tasked with authorising the housing of elephants (BIAZA – British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums).

“As a metropolis we should really often and forever have the welfare of animals that we are custodians of as a precedence.

“Animal welfare desires to be paramount for us as a metropolis and as a result we will need to agree at Council about our way ahead in this regard.

“It is clear that the standing quo with regards to the Zoo is not acceptable.  We need to all be targeted on obtaining the suitable expense into the Zoo that protects all species housed at Bellvue and prioritises instruction for young folks and conservation of all animal species.”

The elephants at Belfast Zoo are between some of the Zoo’s most common sights among the website visitors. A film was built about the Zoo’s elephants in 2017 entitled ‘Zoo’ which was a fictional retelling of Belfast female Denise Austin’s story.

Denise Austin famously hid a person of the elephants named Shiela in her have backgarden for the duration of the Belfast Blitz to defend it from German bombing raids.


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