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City of Naples reopens troubled zoo on provisional basis

Animals threatened with starvation if no investor

City of Naples reopens troubled zoo on provisional basis

Naples, March 25 - The cash-strapped Naples zoo, handed over to the city's administration under court order last week, reopened Monday on a provisional basis. Officials said animals at the Edenlandia zoo and amusement park were being fed and properly cared for, while new investors are sought. Last week, a local court ordered the city of Naples to pitch in and take care of the animals, including providing the hay, fruit and other foods necessary for the tigers, birds, elephants and other animals kept there. A lease providing for the emergency administration of the zoo by a trustee group expired on January 31 and no investor has offered to take over. The trustee group became involved after the original management company Park and Leisure went belly up in 2011. The 70 employees at the zoo have said they're worried for the future of the operation and for the animals there.

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