Court orders city of Naples to take over cash-strapped zoo
Animals and employees risk closure if solution not found21 March, 17:32
The structure has been clamoring for funds and launched numerous appeals for hay, fruit and all other foodstuffs for the tigers, birds, elephants and other animals who risk starvation if an agreement for the takeover of the zoo is not found.
A lease for the emergency administration of Edenlandia by a trustee group after its management company Park and Leisure went belly up in 2011 expired on January 31 and so far no company has stepped in to take over.
All 70 employees will be laid off and the animals' future put at risk if the city does not step in to cover costs in the meantime.
"We would like to know why it has gotten to this point and mostly, what is going to be done," a representative from the employees' association said in January.
"If no solution is found, we are going to be thrown out and the animals will die of hunger," the association said.