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PETA Petitions To Remove Animals From Tregembo Animal Park “Hellhole”

by | August 23, 2019

Animal advocacy group PETA is petitioning for a US zoo to retire its captive animals to sanctuaries where they may receive adequate care.

The petition — which addresses Tregembo Animal Park in Wilmington, North Carolina — can be seen here. It calls for change with a special focus on a lion, Simba, and a giraffe, Jambo, who have been demonstrating signs of psychological disturbance. According to PETA, the animals are kept in unsuitable enclosures, with little enrichment and substandard shelters. 

A number of the captive animals are reportedly exhibiting behaviors indicative of stress — tigers pacing in their cages, and monkeys attacking themselves — while Simba lives alone in a barren enclosure. 

Sad Monkey
A monkey in captivity (Source: gans33/Shuttertsock.com)

Tregembo Animal Park History

This is by no means the first time Tregembo Animal Park come under fire for questionable practices. The zoo has been cited by the USDA multiple times in the past two decades, including citations for not providing veterinary care to injured animals and for failing to clean fecal matter from cages.

There has also been intervention on the animals’ behalf. In 2017, two bears named Ben and Bogey were rescued from the zoo and placed in The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado. The animals were removed after a lawsuit against the zoo, which the Tregembo Animal Park arranged to have dropped if the bears were released. Both animals were held in small raised concrete cages with no enrichment, and Ben had severe lesions on his face which permanently damaged his eyes.

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One Response to “PETA Petitions To Remove Animals From Tregembo Animal Park “Hellhole””

  1. Janet Williamson
    September 1st, 2019 @ 11:48 am

    Please let them go to a sanctuary!

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