I recently visited your zoo with my college on a celebration day out for practically finishing our two years there. I had previously been to your zoo when i was a lot younger an remembered that i had a great time so i was eager to come again.
When we arrived and saw the Lion's cage me and my friends where actually pretty shocked. Our main concern was frankly the size of their enclosure, it seems extremely small for that amount of Lion's let alone one. I mean watching wildlife shows i see how much Lion's run and chase their prey developing strong muscles, can these Lion's in this cage really run around? I mean tell me if i am wrong they may have a run around the backside out of public view, but i don't think they do. How could the Lion's develop their muscles without a large enough space? Don't get me wrong i totally understand that you look after them well and they are fead and look in great condition. But without a big enclosure don't they become lazy without having to chase their prey. I understand that your a small zoo, however that doesn't get over my initial shock of how small the enclosure is. My friends and I thought how the cage could have been a lot bigger. We thought is stead of you having that rather sad looking flower bed in front of the Lion's enclosure and have their whole cage extended out then at least it was be bigger and give more room for the Lion's to walk around and who know's maybe run. I understand that this may restrict the view for public to see the Lion's but what is more important ''me, the public seeing the Lion's'' or the Lion's having more room to move and possibly be happier. I get that my email wont make a difference to the Lion's because extending their cage may cause them stress etc. But this stress wouldn't be any more than you guys moving that young male cub away to a new zoo before him and his father start to fight. I would rather see the welfare of the animals to be met before you start building new attractions such as the Dinosaur garden walk. Thank you for reading my email, i understand your all doing a great job and the Lion's are being looked after well i just can stop thinking about their very small enclosure.
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16 July 2012
Thank you for your comments. We are glad the you have acknowledged our geniune level of care for our Lions during your visit. The welfare of our animals is always our highest priority, this year we are more than doubling the size of our Gorilla enclosure, and we hope that in the future we can do the same for our Lions.
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