USDA Warns Crestview Zoo to Get Permits, Make Improvements
CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities are warning the caretakers of a Florida Panhandle zoo to obtain proper permits and make significant improvements for its animals.
The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge took over the aging Crestview zoo in 2012. Board chairman Matt McGee says the zoo "came with a lot of problems."
The Northwest Florida Daily News reports that an inspection last month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture noted that while improvements are being made, deficiencies remained.
According to a USDA veterinarian, the design of some enclosures prevented zookeepers from getting close enough to administer treatments to some animals. The report also noted that the tails of two primates had to be amputated because the animals suffered frostbite when they were let out of their cages in below-freezing temperatures in February.
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