Zander and Karina Burbidge, of Emerald Beach, were at the Coffs Harbour Zoo yesterday to see and touch the animals and listen t
Zander and Karina Burbidge, of Emerald Beach, were at the Coffs Harbour Zoo yesterday to see and touch the animals and listen t

Last day at the zoo

By BELINDA F SCOTT

FOUR major zoos have offered to come to the rescue of Coffs Harbour Zoo's animals.

After The Coffs Coast Advocate exclusively broke the story of the zoo's closure on Friday, the 40-year-old animal park was besieged with offers for its animals.

Coffs Harbour project manager Troy Saville said Taronga Park, Western Plains Zoo, Billabong Koala Park and Currumbin Animal Sanctuary had all contacted him offering to take the zoo's animals. "I really don't think it's going to be hard to find homes for them," he said.

Mr Saville said the Zoo had had a wonderful final weekend, with very good attendance, thanks in large part to the Coffs Coast Advocate. The zoo closed this morning.

"Everyone is very upset that we are closing ? it's been overwhelming, to be honest," Mr Saville said.

"It's so very disappointing when Coffs Harbour badly needs attractions," Mrs Aileen Mutton said yesterday.

"Coffs Harbour has very few man-made tourism projects."

Mrs Mutton and her husband, Robert, opened the zoo 40 years ago as Kumbaingeri.

The zoo's Japanese owners and their Australian solicitor were due to hold talks over the weekend on the future of the land and Mr Saville said he understood further talks would be held today or tomorrow.

There are unconfirmed reports that the land has been sold for $2.4 million to two Sydney brothers involved in the hospitality industry.



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