Zoo workers and employees with the Wild Animal Sanctuary group ready the massive cats and the opposite animals for the lengthy journey.
Activists have lengthy held the U.S. territory’s authorities accountable for the deaths and ailing well being of animals reported for greater than a decade on the zoo within the western city of Mayaguez.
Wild Animal Sanctuary is overseeing the elimination of the animals and different creatures on the zoo. They are going to be transferred initially to a refuge in Colorado till a everlasting house is discovered for them.
A number of the smaller specimens like reptiles and a few monkeys have been already transferred, however the larger mammals just like the lions, the bear and the camel required particular measures for touring.
A government-appointed committee stated that previously decade two pumas died on the zoo. It additionally raised issues about an underweight chimpanzee in addition to a rhinoceros named Felipe that was limping and stated there was an absence of shelter for animals.
In January, an American black bear named Nina who had stopped consuming died from a coronary heart assault at greater than 20 years outdated. Black bears can reside as much as 35 years in captivity.
In March, federal authorities stated they have been dropping all investigations into the zoo after reaching an settlement with native officers to switch the animals to sanctuaries on the U.S. mainland. The announcement angered many activists.
The zoo opened initially in 1954, nevertheless it has been closed since hurricanes Irma and Maria battered Puerto Rico in September 2017.