Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Mafia pet rejects become special guests at new Tuscan zoo


(ANSA) - Grosseto, October 18 - A wildlife reserve in
southern Tuscany hosting exotic animals that once belonged to
mafia owners will soon be opening its gates to the public.
Tigers once pampered as cubs but dumped as adults, unruly
monkeys, lions and more are guests at the Center for Rescued
Wild and Exotic Animals run by the international environmental
organisation WWF.
The center includes a 24-hour clinic and provides support
for the State Forestry Corps' rescue operations of traded or
illegally held animals.
Animals recovered include herons, storks, hundreds of
rare parrots, turtles and porcupines.
There are also poaching victims such as peregrine
falcons, eagles, foxes, wolves and other wild species found
injured or abandoned.
Guided tours at the new park will focus on education and
respect for nature.
All animals will be observed in a natural setting from
behind a glass wall.

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