Goodbye Victoria Zoo!

The history of Limbe Wildlife Centre starts in the early sixties of the last century, when the Victoria Zoo was founded.

Unfortunately the zoo was a terrible place for animals. The enclosures were very bad and often the zoo didn’t have enough money to buy food for the animals.

This picture shows two cages from that time; the biggest was the cage for the chimpanzee, and in the smallest cage a big mandrill spent at least four years – he couldn’t even turn around!

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Today these cages are only used as an exhibition here. But until now, we have still had some of the old enclosures in use for our rescued animals. Two dwarf crocodiles have been in a small round cage for a very long time, since we didn’t have anywhere else to put them. Yesterday we could finally move them to another and much better enclosure. The enclosure was until recently occupied by two Nile crocodiles, but they have now have been released back to the wild.

The dwarf crocodiles are small, but they are adults and very strong. It toke four keepers to carry them from one cage to another. They now have much more space and a much bigger pool, which they jumped into right away. I don’t know how to tell if a crocodile is happy, but I am sure that they feel happier in their new home.

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Right after the move, Simon and Killi, two of our keepers, started demolishing the old round cage. We want no more animals in that small cage.

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It feels so good when you do something that is improving the animals’ lives. If you want to help us improve the animals’ lives, please make a donation through this website, and we will make sure to use it on something good for the animals.

Have a nice weekend,

Sofie

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One Comment

  1. Posted January 22, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    I am very happy you kept the other cages just to show as reference for visitors because its important to remember how far we have come! I also think the tree inside the round enclosure is just beautiful!

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