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.