NEW YORK -- The Jersey Zoo, an animal sanctuary and breeding center
located in the town of Trinity on the English Channel isle of
Jersey, is marking its 40th anniversary.
To mark the milestone, the zoo opened a $1.9 million
interpretive center. The zoo was founded by
naturalist/conservationist Gerald Durrell, whose goal was to save
endangered animals by breeding them in captivity and then returning
them to their home countries.
Some 1,200 animals on the brink of extinction live at the zoo,
and many species have been returned to their homes following the
zoo's successful attempts to breed them.
The new center houses the South American Andean bear, the
ring-tailed Coati and the short-clawed otter. The Jersey Zoo is
open daily, except Christmas, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free guided tours
are available. Agents can contact the zoo at (011) 44