Zoo Boss Speaks Out Over BBC’s Trouble At The Zoo Documentary

We told you earlier about the BBC Two documentary what aired on Thursday evening called Trouble At The Zoo what showed how South Lakes Zoo In Cumbria is turning around after they where named the ‘wrost’ zoo in the UK after 500 of their animals died in four years.

Now Zoo boss Karen Brewer has spoken out about how she feels about the documentry.

Karen said:

“We wanted to show that working with animals and running a complex business is emotional and is difficult and I felt the programme did capture that, and that we’re all human,”

“When we invited them in the whole idea was to be open and transparent, to show who we are now, and that we don’t want to hide behind anything,”

Our whole ethos is to be open and transparent but also for everybody to have a voice and that’s a really big change for us since we took over the running of the zoo,”

She continued to say:

“We know we need to make changes but they can only happen if the finances are there.

“Animal welfare has to be the priority and at the same time we have to make sure that we can sustain things.

“Really good decisions like reducing the animal numbers; that might sound alarming to say we are reducing it by 30 per cent but these are the real decisions behind the scenes that we have to make every day and we wanted people to see that.”

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