WILMER, Ala. (WALA) – The Mobile Zoo head zoo keeper says their animals are happy and healthy one month after the U.S. Department of Agriculture found 13 compliance problems during its latest inspection.
The USDA inspected the zoo on June 4th. According to the report found on the USDA’s website, the zoo had 13 problems they had to fix before a two week deadline. Non-compliances included safety concerns such as lack of cooling for the bear den, dried feces and litter in the enclosures, and poor pest and insect control. The report also stated the need to fix rusted fences and build new platforms for many of the animals.
Angela Enders, the head zoo keeper showed us all the improvements made since the inspection. The bears have been given more shade and cooling vents, the rusted fences appeared to have been fixed, and many new platforms were built. Enders explained they brought in a vet and recruited volunteers to help keep the enclosures more clean.
Enders encourages critics to come see for themselves that the animals are in good hands.
“They’re more than welcome to come out here. I will give them a tour and I will bring the USDA inspection,” she said.
Enders says that changes have been made so the Mobile Zoo complies with USDA standards and the agency is aware of these changes. There are no online documents that show the zoo has been inspected since June 4th.