Bucks County Zoo closes to refocus development efforts

    The Bucks County Zoo and Conservation Society will close temporarily next month after opening in 2009. The zoo and traveling show will shut down while administrators re-evaluate the plan to develop a more permanent, state-of-the-art facility.

    It’s welcome news for the Animal ACTivists of Philly, who have long expressed concerns about the Warminster zoo’s animal habitats.

    “Of major concern were the dozens of baby animals used by the zoo for photo opportunities and birthday party rentals while they were small, but disappearing months later to unknown destinations,” the group said in a release. “While we’re pleased the zoo is closing, we’re very concerned about the animals because zoo officials will only say that they are going to a ‘licensed facility.’”

    Doylestown-Buckingham-New Britain Patch reports the zoo will have special viewing hours between now and the Oct. 9 closure. Progress reports regarding next steps will be made available on the zoo’s website.

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