Today is a very sad day as Colchester Zoo have announced their one of their most loved animals Rajan the orangutan has sadly passed away.
Rajan’s health was slowly going down hill over a number of months as he suffered from extremely bad arthritis and the staff decided to put him to sleep.
The lovely orangutan who has been at the zoo since 1980 was 50 years-old- and loved interacting with members of the public thought the glass and he made the press world wide on a number of occasions with his love for pregnant womens bellies and tattoos.
Colchester zoo relesed a stateent and have said:
“We are aware that there are many visitors that have grown up knowing Rajang and who visited him regularly. To ensure we capture all of your beautiful memories we are going to site a special book at Orangutan Forest where we kindly ask you to write your fondest memories of Rajang.Rajang has been one of the most amazing ambassadors for his species which is so vitally important especially right now with the effect of deforestation which is reducing the number of orangutans in the wild.Sleep tight Rajang, you will be missed but never forgotten”.
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.
“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.”
Viewers have called for South Lakes Safari Zooin Cumbria to be closed down after a documentary aired on Thursday evening called Trouble At The Zoo.
The BBC 2 doc showed how UK’s ‘worst’ zoo what had a whopping 500 animals pass away in just under four years and in the six months that the BBC show was filmed three animals also passed away including a african lion what was poisoned by contaminated meat.
Not only did the lion died during the film two red panda cubs passed away with one of them actually being found by one of the keepers while filming took place.
Taking to Twitter one viewer shared:
Appalled at #TroubleAtTheZoo the staff clearly have no idea. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is she for real. The zoo is clearly broken and failing the animals. Prioritising money over welfare. Poor animals
While another said:
‘Anyone else feel uncomfortable with how much the lion keeper was smiling talking about her lion being poisoned? #TroubleAtTheZoo’
And another said:
South Lakes Zoo should’ve closed down years ago. The ‘board’ have zero interest in the wellbeing of the animals (aside from Andreas). Heartbreaking to watch #TroubleAtTheZoo
Scrolling though Twitter while the show was airing it is hard to find one good tweet about South Lakes.
All day there have been reports flying around after it was reported that a ‘major incident’ had happened at Hamerton Zoo Park but now it’s been confirmed that a zookeeper was killed by a tiger at the zoo on Monday morning.
Police where called to the Zoo in Steeple Gidding near Huntingdon at around 11.15am after someone who worked at the zoo reported the incident.
It’s been confirmed that a female keeper was killed but the press have been reassured that at no time the tiger didnt leave it’s enclosure.
Police quickly confirmed that no animals have escaped and members of the public are safe.