Games park to replace zoo
By NG KANG-CHUNG
LAI Chi Kok zoo is to be cleared within six months and a neighbouring games park extended on to the site, operators announced yesterday.
The zoo has closed due to a continual fall in revenue which the management blames on frequent criticism from animal welfare groups and the Government's refusal to allow the import of new animals.
The owner, Far East Hotels and Entertainment, is holding talks with overseas zoos in an attempt to transfer more than 100 animals.
At present there are 30 types of animals and birds, including some rare species.
General manager Mr Benny Pang Kin-chung said yesterday several zoos in South Africa, Singapore and China had expressed interest in accepting the animals.
Mr Pang said he was confident agreements could be reached within three to six months and the site could then be vacated.
New games would probably be installed on the 7,000-square-metre site, but no timetable had yet been set.
''It is certain that we shall not sell the land, but reserve it for expanding the amusement park,'' Mr Pang said.
The zoo is currently losing about $1.2 million a year.