Jersey Zoo marks its 40th

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 1534-864-666.

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