‘Dangerously rundown’ Paris zoo closed

26th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 25 (AFP) - Authorities in Paris closed the capital's zoo Wednesday after employees went on strike to denounce its dangerously rundown state.

PARIS, Aug 25 (AFP) - Authorities in Paris closed the capital's zoo Wednesday after employees went on strike to denounce its dangerously rundown state.

Some 50 staff who held a demonstration in front of the park, located in woods on the city's eastern periphery, said they would provide only a minimum service when it re-opened Thursday but stressed that repairs were urgently needed.

The 70-year-old zoo has become increasingly dilapidated.

Parts of it were closed to the public last month because of falling debris from the artificial rock caverns and mounds that surround an even bigger, 65-metre (210-foot) high fake mountain.

France's national history museum, which runs the site, is said to be mulling whether to permanently close the zoo, which features 900 animals, among them giraffes, elephants, tigers and seals, and which attracts one million visitors per year.

The "grand rocher", as the landmark central mountain is known, was closed in 1982 because of its crumbling condition, and it was reopened in 1997 after extensive renovation.

The striking employees said they might pursue their strikes if their demands were not met.

© AFP

Subject: French news

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