Why did Plumpton Park Zoo close?

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Tish

Alpine, TX

#1 Aug 2, 2010
Why did Plumpton Park Zoo close so suddenly?
Bill

Bear, DE

#2 Aug 2, 2010
Probably ran out of funding. They said they were really hurting and trying to take in more animals that had no other place to go last fall. This is why people need to support these small Zoos!!
chesco resident

Wilmington, DE

#3 Aug 4, 2010
I posted this same question in the cecil county topix. Some said that the owner is 80 and I guess didn't want to own the place anymore. Some people tried to buy but couldn't get financing. I don't know if any of that si true but it's what i read
old time not forgoten

Marion, VA

#4 Aug 6, 2010
sorry to see this place closed.
Nick

Philadelphia, PA

#5 Feb 18, 2011
Tish wrote:
Why did Plumpton Park Zoo close so suddenly?
The Zoo was reopened and fixed up in October 2010.
Nick

Philadelphia, PA

#6 Feb 18, 2011
Bill wrote:
Probably ran out of funding. They said they were really hurting and trying to take in more animals that had no other place to go last fall. This is why people need to support these small Zoos!!
The Zoo was fixed up and reopened in Oct 2010. Check out the website www.plumptonparkzoo.org
ZOO OPEN

Monroe Township, NJ

#7 Jul 5, 2011
ZOO is Open

IT is not closed

check out their home page
ida

Rising Sun, MD

#8 Jul 7, 2011
the animals are kept in unhealthy conditions .. most zoos are bad; plumpton is not really a zoo, just a bunch of penned animals
Kelly

Bel Air, MD

#9 Jul 9, 2011
Come on out and check out the New and Improved Plumpton Park zoo! New board of directors, new staff, lots of awesome improvements. The zoo is making improvements every day and the animals are healthy and in clean enclosures!
Kelly

Bel Air, MD

#10 Jul 9, 2011
ida wrote:
the animals are kept in unhealthy conditions .. most zoos are bad; plumpton is not really a zoo, just a bunch of penned animals
Ida, I wonder when you visited last. The zoo is vastly improved, I encourage you to check it out.
bystander

AOL

#11 Jul 29, 2011
Kelly wrote:
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Ida, I wonder when you visited last. The zoo is vastly improved, I encourage you to check it out.
I'm taking my grandchildren soon. I do hope it's a fun day. The website says you can bring picnic lunch and relax. I'm for anyone who loves animals and children and the elderly.
bystander

AOL

#12 Aug 9, 2011
We went on Saturday and took a 2+ year old. It was great and worth the entrance price. And you can bring home all the free peacock feathers you can find. No pulling them out of the birds!
Gaia

United States

#13 Apr 28, 2012
I went last week. The animals are technically cared for, but are miserable nonetheless. The enclosures are too small for the cats, the Lynx is going insane, pacing the cage. The Kapuchin monkey is alone and grooming herself bald because she is going insane. Monkeys are social creatures solitary confinement is torture. This is a zoo that needs to vastly improve living conditions or close.
Whitney

Elkton, MD

#14 Apr 29, 2012
Actually, the owner is trying her best to locate a second mate or friend for all the animals and they are replacing the old pens and habitats as the donations roll in... which has been slow. If you want to see progress, donate to the zoo and I'm sure they will put it to good use for the continuing care and support of the animals.
Gaia wrote:
I went last week. The animals are technically cared for, but are miserable nonetheless. The enclosures are too small for the cats, the Lynx is going insane, pacing the cage. The Kapuchin monkey is alone and grooming herself bald because she is going insane. Monkeys are social creatures solitary confinement is torture. This is a zoo that needs to vastly improve living conditions or close.
Sandi

Boyertown, PA

#15 Jun 26, 2012
I just saw that the zoo has reopened Iam so happy now I have a small town zoo to take my grandkids to that is SAFE and have a wonderful day and can even pack our lunches , how many places can we go and bring our lunches and drinks and enjoy ourself without having to spend money on the parks drinks and food, come on this is such a Jem of a place, yes it's not like DC or Balto zoo but at least it's peaceful and I felt safe taking my grandchild their 2ys ago and now next wk I can start going their again, thank you for all of your hard work making this happen, and incase you like to know there is a Mc Donald's not far down the road.
nick

Swedesboro, NJ

#17 Jan 18, 2014
Gaia wrote:
I went last week. The animals are technically cared for, but are miserable nonetheless. The enclosures are too small for the cats, the Lynx is going insane, pacing the cage. The Kapuchin monkey is alone and grooming herself bald because she is going insane. Monkeys are social creatures solitary confinement is torture. This is a zoo that needs to vastly improve living conditions or close.
The capuchin is a rescue that was originally kept as a pet and neutered. As a result efforts to introduce him into a troop have failed several times. He has a permanent bald spot. We are not sure how it happened as it was there when he came back to the zoo in 2011. Suzy is a male who is very aggressive to human females and other non human primates. Human males are the only primates he seems to get along with so our male keepers spend extra time with him.

The tigers were going to be euthanized and rescued. We are currently raising money for a new enclosure for them which will be 10,000 square feet. But that will cost at least $65,000 with volunteers doing the labor. The zoo has raise $17,000 so far.

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