Lai Chi Kok Zoo

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Lai Chi Kok Zoo (), located on the west shore of Lai Chi Kok Bay in Kowloon, Hong Kong, was a small private zoo open between 1951 and 1993. The zoo was part of the Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park.

The zoo had 21 pens in a crescent shaped grounds with a variety of animals from around the world, including binturong, porcupine, Sika deer, goat from Germany, Chinese alligator, lion, black panther, vulture, peacock, cougar (Mountain Lion), Bactrian camel, giraffe, Asian elephant, Saltwater crocodile, and Siberian tiger.

Its star attraction was an Asian elephant Tino (or Tinnu) (天奴), who died in 1989.

Closing and Aftermath

After 1976, the zoo suffered from competition with the much larger Ocean Park. On 31 July 1993, the zoo was closed. This decision was hastened by the Hong Kong Government refusing import licences for new animals, but was probably mainly because of the site's redevelopment value (it has since been redeveloped for residential purposes). Most of the remaining animals were sent to Xili Lake Wild Animal Park (now called Safari Park Shenzhen) in Shenzhen. Concern has subsequently been expressed about their welfare in view of criticism of the Safari Park's standards of animal care. The Saltwater Crocodiles remained at Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park until the park closed in 1997 and was then taken to Shek Kwu Chau.

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