Information about the work with relocations of the animals at Orsa Predator Park
Here you will find memos about the decision to close Orsa Predator Park. Read more here.
There are several of us from the Predator Park who work actively with relocations of the animals, including our animal manager, zoologist and zoo manager and that both our zoo veterinarian and animal caregiver are involved in the different parts. This is done together with our large networks in the zoo industry both within Sweden and the European Zoo Association, EAZA. Relocations are a large and complicated process that takes time. The work is now underway during the time when Predator Park is still open and will continue after we close to visitors on November 6.
That's a lot of steps in a reassignment. All our animals are part of different conservation programs, governed by EAZA where a species coordinator or studbook keeper for each species, can give us a recommendation where the animal is placed, or that we submit a proposal to the species coordinator. The proposal must be approved by both us, the receiving park and the species coordinator before the next process starts regarding permits, documentation and transport papers, which is done together with our authorities.
Then the animals must be prepared through any veterinary needs and wishes such as deworming and vaccinations. As all documentation and paperwork is in place, transport can be booked based on what both we and the receiving park have for time and based on the animals' aspects of course.
Many of the Predator Park's animals have received new placements at zoos both within Sweden and in the rest of Europe, information about where the animals will be moved will not be shared publicly. In some of the relocations, our animals will be included in new investments in the receiving park, which means that the park wants to keep the information confidential until they launch their news. Something we respect and therefore cannot tell you about where our animals should move. If the receiving parks want to tell you where they get the animals from, it's up to them.
As I said, work on the relocations will continue to continue after Predator Park closed. The animals will receive the same good care from our talented staff who always do their best to ensure that the animals have a high level of animal welfare.
Questions about the decommissioning are received by the management of Grönklittsgruppen, which owns Predator Park. On our social media, we avoid that kind of dialogue, as our social media is managed by the staff in Predator Park.
Thank you to those of you who show understanding and give us encouragement in our everyday lives in Predator Park!
Sincerely/Pernilla Thalin, Zoo Manager Orsa Predator Park
Questions and answers
The company has not been contacted by any concrete stakeholder regarding the acquisition of the park that is deemed realistic. However, a lot has been written in social media where there have been many opinions and ideas in various Facebook forums. Prior to the board's decision of the close down, several alternatives have of course been considered. Any sale of the park should satisfy both the economic requirements as well as the requirements for animal welfare. During that process, the company has decided to only sell the park to the state, municipality or recognized institutions with zoo experience. These are currently to be members of EAZA. This is so that the economic issue is guaranteed and that animal welfare is ensured.
• The company will close the park to the public on November 6, 2022. Until then, the business as a visitor destination lives on.
• The operation of the park will continue after October 2022 with our animals in focus and its relocations.
• The company estimates that it will take about 2 years before the settlement is fully completed.
• The park's animals are part of various breeding and conservation projects, which are run by our European zoo association EAZA and Berguv Nord. Together with the species coordinators around Europe, we will work together to relocate the individuals to other parks, with a focus on the best interests of the animals.
• The company has started work on the relocation of the animal population in collaboration with the species coordinators. This is done based on an ongoing dialogue with the species coordinators about relocations and finding new homes for the animals.
• Based on animal welfare aspects, the Company cannot guarantee that all individuals will be able to be relocated. Decisions like these will be made in consultation with the park, veterinarians and species coordinators.
• Orsa Predator Park will continue to work for a high level of animal welfare throughout the close down.
• All work around our animals takes place based on established guidelines for each species and based on the work of zoos that are governed by laws and regulations. Together with EAZA and its species coordinators, we will work to find new homes for these individuals as well.
• Yes, we will get rejuvenation in certain individuals who have been planned based on the conditions of the situation and based on animal welfare.
• The Company will have an open dialogue about the settlement with our supervisory authorities and take support and help from them where the Company can.
• The company owns significant land areas in Grönklitt that are suitable for development. At present, there are no plans to exploit this particular area