The Cumbria Zoo, once called the South Lakes Safari Zoo, situated in Dalton-in-Furness, England, is infamous after nearly 500 animals die between 2013 and 2017.

At the beginning of March, Madeline Taylor, member of the British animal defense association, Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS), explained to The Dodo :

Things like a kangaroo who was emaciated. A lemur that had a sore on its side. A mongoose who had a visible skin condition with missing fur.”

“I think the most disturbing thing for me is that this has been going on for years. They’ve been told to bring things up to standard, and there’s been a blatant disregard for the zoo inspectors.”

“There seems to be … a lack of willingness to take on board certain standards, so they can make basic requirements for the animals.”

The licence renewal for the South Lakes Safari Zoo was denied to the owner, David Gill, who officially ceased all involvement in the project. Since, a new demand for a license has been made by the park director, under the name of a new enterprise, Cumbria Zoo.

In the beginning of May, this request was accepted and the “Zoo Of Horror” was able to remain open. While some progress has been made since March, associations are still perplexed. Madeline Taylor explained to The Dodo :

It’s likely that they were going to make improvements if they wanted to succeed in getting the license, but that doesn’t take away that there’s been welfare concerns — serious ones — highlighted for years now.

While the new management has promised that the well-being of the animals will be their main focus, animal rights activists and organizations will be keeping an attentive eye on the zoo, and won’t hesitate to act if they don’t keep their promises.