Borth Animal Kingdom told to close dangerous animals enclosures
A zoo has been ordered to close the enclosures housing its most dangerous animals by a council.
Borth Wild Animal Kingdom was served with a notice because of inadequate firearms arrangements.
Ceredigion council said one member of a firearms team must be on duty every day in case an animal escapes.
A council spokesman said the zoo had failed to maintain licence conditions. A zoo official said the situation would be resolved "in the next few days".
Procedures were currently being put in place, she added.
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Nilly also died in what owners called a handling error.
Following these incidents, the zoo was initially banned from keeping dangerous animals.
But in July 2018, it was handed a reprieve and given six months to hire a qualified, competent manager.
In February 2019, owners and council officials said two "competent people" had been employed and a start date was being finalised.
At the time, category one animals at Borth zoo included two lions, three lynx, two wolfdogs, two capuchin monkeys, one grivet monkey, two patas monkeys and a python.
However, the council said it had now confirmed the zoo had failed to maintain its licence conditions.
The decision can be appealed before magistrates within 28 days.
Local authority officials have written to the zoo's operators asking them to close it to the public on a voluntary basis until the matter is heard.
Gareth Lloyd, cabinet member for public protection services, said: "I know that the direction was served reluctantly.
"Council staff have worked closely with the zoo to help them comply with the conditions of their licence.
"The safety of the public and the welfare of animals have always been our priorities."
He said council officials were working on contingency plans to re-home the animals if the decision was not successfully appealed.