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Troubled Cumbrian zoo granted new licence

Credit: Safari Zoo

A Cumbrian zoo where almost 500 animals died within four years has been granted a new licence.

An application for the licence for South Lakes Safari Zoo was turned down two months ago, after inspectors raised concerns over its management structure and veterinary care.

However, an application from Cumbria Zoo Company Limited (CZCL), which took over the running of the zoo in January, was approved on Tuesday evening.

The licensing committee in Barrow-in-Furness were told by the inspection team that they were "highly encouraged" by improvements made.

Rare giraffe born at Cumbrian zoo

The baby Kordofan giraffe Credit: Cumbria Zoo Company

A rare giraffe has been born at a controversial Cumbrian zoo.

The South Lakes Safari Zoo at Dalton-in-Furness, is the only one in the UK to keep the Kordofan giraffes.

A zoo spokesman said the attraction was "very proud" to have the baby giraffe.

"Vulnerable to extinction, the captive population of these very rare giraffes is very small and our little ark may be vital for its long-term future," he said.

The birth of the giraffe will be some welcome good news for the zoo after months of bad publicity.

Its founder David Gill was refused a licence by councillors after it was revealed that 486 animals had died there in four years.

The zoo is still open but could close next month unless there is an appeal against Barrow Council's decision not to renew his Mr Gill’s licence.

Cumbria Zoo Company Ltd, which took over operational control in January, wants to buy the attraction and end its connection with Mr Gill.

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