Spot checks for Shenzhen zoo

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 August, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 August, 1993, 12:00am

THE RSPCA is planning a campaign of spot checks at the new Shenzhen home for 120 animals moved yesterday from the Lai Chi Kok zoo.

RSPCA spokesman Rosana Lai said the Sheli Lake zoo would be watched to ensure the Lai Chi Kok animals, including two giraffes, two tigers and two lions, were well catered for in the $100 million project.

Details had not yet been worked out but inspectors might tour ''unofficially'' as members of the public as well as in uniform.

''We do not condone keeping animals in captivity but we have to accept that zoos and game parks exist and monitor them as best we can,'' Ms Lai said.

''We feel the animals will be much better off at the park than at Lai Chi Kok.'' RSPCA staff supervised the moving of the animals across the border yesterday.

Lai Chi Kok - billed as ''one of the world's worst zoos'' by animal rights groups - closed late last month after 43 years.