Exotic Animal Paradise Closes

1 decade 1 year 10 months ago Tuesday, October 03 2006 Oct 3, 2006 Tuesday, October 03, 2006 2:42:27 PM CDT October 03, 2006 in News
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STRAFFORD - Zebras, bears and lions who lived at the Exotic Animal Paradise near Strafford are looking for new homes. The drive-through park, which is among the top four tourist attractions in the Springfield area, has closed. Owner Ron Armitage says the animals will be auctioned off in the next two weeks. He laid off ten of the park's employees yesterday. The animal staff will stay until the animals are auctioned off in two weeks. Armitage, who bought the attraction in 1996, said he closed it because of flat revenue, rising operation costs and changes in regulations. Pat Jones, father of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, founded the 225-acre park in 1971.

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