Sunday, March 3, 2013
Hyenas and owls among new species zoo hopes to introduce if planning application is successful.
EXMOOR Zoo is hoping to expand its site to create extra space and to add new animals.
The attraction near Bratton Fleming has put in a planning application seeking to build new enclosures on around 10 acres of land next to the existing zoo site.
Curator Danny Reynolds said they hoped to bring in striped hyenas plus a second species of dog such as golden jackal, aardwolf or bush dog, all of which were endangered in the wild.
He said the work would also enable them to expand the tapir paddock to provide them with a summer pasture.
The plans also include new aviaries to house a selection of larger owl species, including the European eagle owl, the great grey owl and spectacled owls.
“We have quite a few cat species at the zoo now and so we’re trying to balance the selection and make it more worthwhile from a conservation point of view,” he said.
“All of these will also be part of our endangered species breeding programme work in association with BIAZA.
“If we get planning permission there is more space available to do more in the future.”
He said the expansion would also create an additional two permanent employment posts.
If planning is granted it is hoped to start work in the spring, with the aim of creating the tapir pasture in time for the summer and seeing the hyenas arrive by the end of summer.