The Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (ZSTT) says it is not feasible to relocate the Emperor Valley Zoo to Chickland in Central Trinidad.
On Monday, the ZSTT stated: “Cabinet had recommended that a detailed feasibility study be done and this was completed in April 2009 by Lee Young and Partners, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism.
“The site was not recommended for the establishment of a Zoological Park.”
The statement added, “Following this, the ZSTT in late 2009 accepted an offer from a member of the ZSTT jointly with the community-based Manatee Conservation Trust of a 360-acre parcel of agricultural land in Brigand Hill, Manzanilla for an offsite facility.
“This Brigand Hill facility is operational and serves to house surplus animals from the Emperor Valley Zoo, seized and confiscated animals from the illegal wildlife trade and other animals in need of rehabilitation.”
Calls for the zoo’s relocation came after birds and a kangaroo died the days following the Independence Day fireworks display at the Queen’s Park Savannah on August 31.
On Sunday, Sou Sou Lands chairman Lenny Sankersingh renewed his offer to the zoo of 40 acres of land from a 393-acre site.