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Bronx Zoo to evict animals in cost-cutting move

April 24, 2009 |  9:55 pm

Oh my God get it off me!!! When people tell you the economy's affecting animals as well as people, believe them.  According to the Bronx Zoo, the recession is the reason it's evicting hundreds of its resident animals.

In a New York City Council meeting yesterday, zoo officials said they plan to send animals including deer, bats, foxes, and antelopes to other zoos in an effort to make up for a $15-million budget shortfall.  They'll also close four exhibits.  The Associated Press reports:

The exhibits that are closing include World of Darkness, which includes bats, porcupines and primates including night monkeys.

Three other exhibits that are home to antelope, deer and a South American relative of the llama are also going away.

The Bronx Zoo is the largest city zoo in the country and had about 2 million visitors last year.

--Lindsay Barnett

Photo: A night monkey named Midget is shown at the Bronx Zoo's "World of Darkness" exhibit.  Credit: Julie Larsen Maher / Associated Press.

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