Orsa predator park closes in November – park manager Pernilla Thalin: “Some animals have found new homes”

The goal is for all 47 individuals to get a new home in the coming years. That is how long it takes before all the animals have been moved and the park can be dismantled.

The first animals to be moved are two brown bears who are going to a park in England – however, it is a move that was planned even before the announcement of the closure of the park.

A puzzle between European zoos

Work is underway with the other animals. There is a lot of logistics and paperwork to be done before a move can take place.

– This is a puzzle between many zoos around Europe. When we have closed to visitors, we will be able to focus on the relocation work itself and train the animals that need to be trained in, for example, cage training, says park manager Pernilla Thalin.

Will you have to euthanize any animals?

– At present, it is not relevant as we are focusing on relocations. After all, euthanasia is part of the responsibility when you are an animal owner if, for example, animals become sick, old or unwell for other health reasons.

Unclear what happens next

The notice of the park’s closure was announced at the beginning of the year by the new owners who took over the company that owns the park. The predator park has gone at a loss in recent years, but what will happen on the surface is still unclear.

For the park manager, the park’s closure means a certain amount of sadness. A strong memory from the years is when she picked up the park’s kodiak bear Taquka at Arlanda.

– It feels like an experience that you won’t be able to be a part of again. I have worked here for a long time and have been part of its fantastic development, so it is very sad that we are closing down, says Pernilla Thalin.

The brown bear Felix is ​​one of the animals that will soon get a new home when the predator park in Orsa closes. Photo: Sofie Lind/SVT

See more in the clip about what will happen to the animals in the park.

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