An Ontario zoo _ famous for providing animals for Hollywood movies _ that recently came under fire after animal cruelty charges were laid against its owner says it will close its doors this fall.
The Bowmanville Zoo says attendance is down “catastrophically” and that there simply isn’t enough money to run the zoo east of Toronto.
The zoo says the drop in attendance is not related to animal cruelty charges laid against owner Michael Hackenberger after video surfaced that appeared to show him hitting a tiger with a whip during a training session.
Hackenberger has denied the allegations and is expected to fight the charges.
The zoo says it is hopeful it can place all of the animals elsewhere, but expects the process to take up to a year.
A zoo spokesman says it isn’t a one-day affair to close down a zoo and that dozens of employees will lose their jobs.
With files from The Canadian Press