Hundreds of animals have tragically been left homeless after their zoo closed down due to COVID-19.
Living Coasts is one of the biggest visitor attractions in Torquay, Devon, and is home to many marine species, including otters, seals, penguins, rays and puffins.
However upsettingly, they’ve recently revealed they will not be reopening as other zoos in the country begin reopening their doors.
The 44 members of staff at the zoo are now in fear of redundancy – and all of the animals there are currently homeless.
In a statement released about the decision to close their doors, the zoo explained:
It is with regret that Wild Planet Trust has to announce that it will not be re-opening Living Coasts as a visitor attraction following its closure during the current global coronavirus pandemic.
The next stage is to find homes for the animals. Living Coasts is part of a world-wide network of zoos and aquariums and we will be looking for homes for the animals within them once movement restrictions have been lifted.
Most of the animals kept at Living Coasts are marine species that will need specialist facilities. Living Coasts is confident that good new homes for the animals will be found, but at present it is unclear how long this process may take.