“The Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) has recently shut down six zoos for failing to fulfill wildlife care regulations,” the New Straits Times reports.
Following an inspection on 45 premises throughout Malaysia, the zoos to face shutdown are; Lye Huat Garden in Kedah, Kuala Krai Bird Park (Kelantan), Countryview Recreation (Pahang), Port Dickson Mini Zoo, Taman Kuang in Ajil (Terengganu) and Mines Wonderland (Selangor).
According to the report, the animals from the zoo will either be released back into the wild after a rehabilitation process (for local species) or will be given to other zoos.
All 45 zoos were warned beforehand to step up and comply with the guidelines on the treatment of animals, but unfortunately six of the zoos were not up to standard. All zoo operators were given up to six months to upgrade their zoos to meet the guidelines.
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