If you’re going to visit the Gloucestershire County Zoo, be sure to take a good look around and be prepared to spend at least £300 (about $420).
The zoo’s new pups have already proven popular, and they have the potential to be a hit with families, too.
The zoo opened in March 2019, and has already seen record-breaking attendance numbers, with over 1,500 visitors visiting the zoo each day since its inception.
It’s estimated that there are currently about 20 pups and they can be adopted at a cost of around £1,600 (about US$1,837).
The new pup line is set to open to the public on April 15, 2020, but the zoo says that its pups can only be kept at the zoo for about six months at a time.
“We’re constantly expanding the size and the variety of pups available to us, so we are working with the local councils and local authorities to bring our pups up to the standards required by the local authority,” said John Smith, the zoo’s senior animal health officer.
The pups are currently being kept in a separate facility at the Zoo Gloucester, where they are being kept separate from their owners, and are being fed a specially formulated diet.
The new line has also brought a new generation of parents into the family.
“The first couple of months of their life are really important for them,” said Smith.
“They get to experience a really different environment from the parents in the house and the parents, because they’re the first parents to see the pups.”
While some of the pup lines will be open for about a year, the Zoo’s pups will be up and running by 2020.
While they are still under development, there is a clear path to success for the new line, which is expected to be completed in 2021.
“It’s been a long journey, but I think we’re on track,” Smith said.
“I know we’ll be able to take this to the next level.”