- Associated Press - Thursday, November 17, 2016

WILMER, Ala. (AP) - The federal government is shutting down a small zoo near Mobile following repeated allegations that it failed to care for animals properly.

Al.com (https://bit.ly/2g0oLJX ) reports the Agriculture Department is taking the action against the Mobile Zoo in Wilmer.

A ruling says zoo administrator John Hightower repeatedly failed to provide animals with required housing and veterinary care.

The small operation had nearly 40 animals during a review last year, but the department cites it for failing to care for bears; a tiger; a chimpanzee; and other species.

The government is giving the zoo until Jan. 1 to remove all the animals.

The zoo’s Facebook page says it is closed, and a phone number listed for the zoo isn’t working.

Animal rights activists have campaigned to shut down the zoo.


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