The economic slump has spread from Wall St. to the Bronx Zoo, which has just announced it’s closing four exhibits and shipping hundreds of creatures to zoos and aquariums around the country, the New York Post reports. Those being laid off include deer, bats, porcupines, foxes, lemurs, caimans, antelopes—and a several human staff members. The move is part of the 114-year-old institution’s effort to cope with a $15 million budget shortfall. The country’s largest urban zoo, which 2.1 million people visited last year alone, is shutting its World of Darkness, Rare Animal Range and exhibits of the Arabian oryx and blesbok, two types of antelope.
Bronx Zoo gives 700 animals pink slips
Those being laid off include deer, bats, porcupines, foxes, lemurs, caimans, antelopes—and a few humans