CALGARY, Alberta, Dec. 13 (UPI) — The president of the Calgary Zoo said his tourist site in Canada’s Alberta province will face a review of its animal care practices and policies.
Calgary Zoo President Dr. Clement Lanthier confirmed Saturday he would seek a comprehensive review of his site’s practices and policies from an independent commission of experts, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.
“On Monday morning I will be contacting the presidents of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in Washington, D.C., and of the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums in Ottawa,” said Lanthier, whose site has come under fire after the deaths of several animals during the last few years.
The most recent animal death at the Calgary site was last weekend when a hydraulic gate accidentally crushed two capybaras.
The CBC said among the practices and policies to be reviewed will be the experience of staff at the zoo, along with training, veterinary care and animal care procedures.
Lanthier said Saturday he “always subscribed to the notion that even a world-class organization can become better if it is prepared to accept and act upon constructive criticism.”
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