The Roos-N-More zoo in Moapa has decided to close its gates for good.
The privately-ran zoo which is home to, monkeys, lemurs, kangaroos, camels, exotic birds, reptiles and more will permanently close at the end of the month.
The facility first encountered obstacles in 2014 when it violated Clark County's code because it didn't have public restrooms.
In 2015, Roos-N-More made other changes at the request of the county when it prevented visitors from petting a bobcat. It was also banned from breeding animals.
Speaking of the aforementioned animals, what's going to happen to the 150 animals at the facility when the zoo closes for good?
Dana Benedict, a member of the Roos-N-More board of directors, sent the following statement.
"Roos-N-More Zoo, previously owned and operated by Jay and Val Holt, has been under the direction of the Board of Directors since mid-2016. During that time, the Zoo has improved the facility, ensured the heath and safety of the animals, and worked hard to meet Clark County and USDA standards, as well as seeking ZAA accreditation. Within the past two weeks, the USDA awarded the Zoo a clean report of operations.
The Zoo was up for a use permit renewal at this week's County Commissioners meeting. The decision was made by the Zoo to withdraw its application, thus closing the Zoo to the public. By withdrawing the application, the Zoo can look to the future and work with the Commissioners to reapply for a use permit application for the sole purpose of educational outreach. As the Zoo transitions into this new venture, most animals will be re-homed to accredited partner facilities so that they can continue to thrive.
Roos-N-More thanks the public for their overwhelming support. As the process of rehoming animals begins, any volunteers or donations would be gratefully accepted. "
Staff with the non-profit zoo didn't want to go on camera.
They say they're already talking to a number of sanctuaries and other zoos across the country to make sure their animals are cared for.
"It's going to be hard to relocate some of the animals that they have because they've come out of some exotic places and they're not just going to be able to put them anywhere," said Bill Pulsipher, a Moapa resident.
Pulsipher says he has lived in Moapa for 64 years and remembers when Roos-N-More first opened a decade ago.
"I think this is going to be a loss to this community," Pulsipher said. "It is to the fact that you get -- people get to know what's going on out here and get to know the animals."
During its time in operation, Roos-N-More has faced a number of code violations, but in the past year, owners completed some of those upgrades requesting extensions to meet the requirements to run the zoo. But on Tuesday, a letter was sent to the Clark County Commission officially requesting to withdraw their second extension.
The zoning commission approved the request on Wednesday.
"I came out, and they gave me a little private tour," said Jody Madewell, owner of Yards by Jody, LLC.
Madewell is a landscaper who has done work with Roos-N-More. He said the kangaroos and zebra were some of the most memorable animals he encountered among the collection.
The zoo has until the end of January to relocate all of the exotic animals.
"It's kind of upsetting," said Madewell. "They were doing a lot of stuff to get it all open and make it all work and everything."
Staff 8 News NOW spoke with said some of its animals will be shipped to new homes as early as Dec. 18.
Roos-N-More Board Member John Anderson said the zoo will continue to do educational outreach and is working with the county to keep some of their animals.
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