Due to a heavy volume of animal rights activist Brights Zoo and Wildlife Partners has agreed to end the sale of ALF.
We want people to understand that we would never put ALF in jeopardy. We feel confident he would have been in great hands at Wildlife Partners but they are unwilling to subject themselves to these unwarranted attacks.
Our business and Wildlife Partners business have been attacked on a level unheard of. People writing reviews to a facility they have never visited. People sending messages to keepers personal pages.
Brights Zoo will be breaking ground on a new giraffe barn immediately in order to keep ALF here at Brights Zoo. Wildlife Partners has agreed to sell us a female giraffe not related to ALF in the next two years. This will be a huge expense for the zoo, and we have set up a gofundme page to help offset some of those costs.
Tony Bright, is the owner and founder of Brights zoo and very much a man of his word. This will be the first time in his business career that he had to back out of a sale.
Due to the amount of hate that we have received here at Brights Zoo it will be some time before we do more updates. We felt like these posts were a great way to encourage people to support giraffe conservation but was shown something different. We have been on the phone with many zoo directors talking about the best approach to this case. All have said that social media can be great but can also ruin a great thing in a matter of minutes.
We will also never allow negativity on our page and will ban those who fail to follow that simple rule. Over the past 48 hours the zoo has received over 2000 messages to the page. Some have been upset we don't reply in a matter of 5 minutes. Keep in mind we are busy caring for animals first and foremost.
To those that sent us messages of love, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. What truly bothers me as the director of the zoo is that so many of the people that have sent these messages have never spent a dime at our zoo. Have never visited. Building a new giraffe barn and new giraffe yard, plus purchasing a female is going to be a huge financial drain on our zoo. Our zoo receives zero outside money. We are closed in the winter months which means zero income from December 1st to March 15. The cost to build this and bring in 1 female is going to be at least $150,000. If we raise that $150,000 by the end of the year we will make a promise that ALF will never leave Brights Zoo.