Farewell to the Mountain Beasts?

ALM Peña Escrita OnLThe Almuñécar Town Hall is negotiating with the Córdoba city zoo over the transfer of animals from Peña Escrita. The Córdoba delegation were also shown around the bird park.

Córdoba councillor, Rafael Jaén ‘expressed his interest’ in the idea of exchanging animals, such as hyenas, bison, ostriches, dwarf goats, which could end up in Córdoba.

Besides the exchange of animals, the visit was about seeing how the other managed their wild animals, so that they could learn from each other. The Córdoba delegation had already visited the Fuengirola and Jerez de la Frontera zoos on the same sort of mission.

Almuñécar Councillor for the Environment, under whose responsibility Peña Escrita falls, pointed out that animals that Almuñécar could not maintain or ones that are not suited to our area, could be transferred to Córdoba for care, because, he emphasized, the well being of the animals always comes first.

In the meantime the Almuñécar youth association, CANDA, considers that the project should be halted immediately. This association, who some consider is in close association with the CA, believes that the real motive of this cooperation is a front to get rid of the animals by giving them away.

“We young people of Almuñécar and La Herradura are privileged to have had the opportunity to see the great variety of animals in the mountain park,” said a CANDA spokesperson.

Basically, CANDA believe that Peña Escrita is a viable institution which can be completely financed through admission fees. Furthermore, CANDA believes the Town Halls reasoning about the park being an unsuitable location for certain animals as just an excuse to dismantle the installations. Zoos in Madrid, Barcelona, Paris or Berlin have these animals, they reason, but nobody considers these locations as being unsuitable for the same kind of animals.

(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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