CEBU CITY: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Visayas will ask wildlife enthusiasts to adopt the animals at the Cebu City Zoo if the city closes it, an official has said.
Dr. Eddie Llamedo, DENR-Central Visayas spokesperson, said they want to ensure that the animals kept at the zoo would find a new home.
Earlier, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña announced plans to close the city-owned zoo and include the lot it occupies in a land-swap deal with the Cebu provincial government.
Llamedo said they are currently talking to more than 20 wildlife permit owners registered with the office, including pawnshop magnate Michel Lhuillier, who owns a theme park and zoo in Carmen town in northern Cebu.
Llamedo said Lhuillier’s facility is well suited for the animals because they have the personnel and the amenities.
An aviary in Amlan, Negros Oriental province has also expressed interest to adopt some of the birds at the Cebu City Zoo.
Llamedo said they would screen those who want to adopt the animals after receiving reports that some animals have died after they were allegedly mishandled.
Officials of the DENR’s Enforcement Division conducted an initial investigation on the Cebu City Zoo and found that some of the animals kept there have died.