The Pampas Safari zoo (located in Gravataí, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil) has been shut down, threatening the lives of thousands of exotic animals.
20 deer have already been shot dead and sold as meat, mothers and cubs as well. Camels, zebras, hippos, deer, cattle, antelopes, buffalos, swans, rheas, flamingos, llamas, tortoises, peacocks, monkeys, capybaras and many other birds species are also to be murdered.
A recent drone footage has already disclosed a large population of vultures in the region and no animal supervision whatsoever. Trenches were dug and covered up, but their content has not yet been investigated. Mysteriously, the landlords have had minivans in and out, while activists fear entering the zoo to care for the abandoned animals. The Febernati family has been running the place since 1977 and is reluctant towards a humanitarian approach. They misled society for decades into believing the artificial safari had a conservationist purpose. It has been a common practice for years to sell the deer as exotic meat. In the latest conciliation hearing, the Febernati family lawyers made it clear they wanted life swept off the land. Unfortunately, the Brazilian Federal Environmental Agency – IBAMA – has also been complicit. Conveniently and coincidently, a brucellosis/tuberculosis alert was made by the Febernati family in a false attempt to weaken the protest.
Brazilian animal rights activists are also under threat and in need for international support. Please help us raise international awareness of the ongoing slaughter taking place and demand authorities create a conservation unit in the former zoo/safari.