SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A private New Jersey zoo that has endured two fires, escaped hyenas and numerous violations is for sale.
A real estate company said $2.4 million will buy more than 40 acres of land at the Animal Kingdom Zoo in Springfield, along with $1 million worth of animals and the “opportunity of a lifetime.”
Owner Bridget Sipp was killed in a house fire at the property two years ago. Later in 2011, a second blaze killed a mother and calf giraffe, three dogs, four cats and more than a dozen exotic birds.
The facility has not renewed its state permit and has received local, state and federal violations for a number of issues, including a monkey biting a child and two hyenas escaping.
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