National Zoological Garden in Pretoria Faces Criticism Amid Reports of Deterioration

National Zoological Garden in Pretoria Faces Criticism Amid Reports of Deterioration

Allegations of Neglect at Pretoria Zoo

The National Zoological Garden in Pretoria, South Africa, long regarded as the country’s primary zoo, is currently embroiled in controversy over alleged deterioration.

Reports and social media complaints indicate a stark contrast between the zoo’s current state and its once-glorious past.

Social Media Outcry and Complaints

Radio personality Lerato Hoffele recently voiced disappointment about the zoo, urging people not to visit due to the scarcity of animals, ongoing construction, and perceived lack of maintenance.

This sentiment was echoed by various social media users, expressing dissatisfaction following their recent visits.

Calls for Closure and Animal Welfare Concerns

Environmentalists and individuals on social media, such as Ulrich Janse van Rensburg and @scare_the_crow, have advocated for the zoo’s closure and the relocation of animals to sanctuaries.

Concerns were raised about the alleged poor conditions and perceived cruelty of keeping animals in such an environment.

Zoo’s Response and Renovation Efforts

In response to the public outcry, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), involved in managing the zoo, clarified that ongoing refurbishments have been underway for the past two years.

SANBI highlighted significant renovations, including the refurbishment of various sections like Stormy Bay, white rhino night rooms, and owl exhibits.

They explained that animals are relocated within the zoo during construction, while some are moved to off-display areas for their safety.

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