“Our primary concern is how zoos manage their animal collections – that they comply with reputable, modern standards of husbandry and welfare. Initially Noah’s Ark didn’t meet many of those criteria, but we mentored the owners and their staff for three years, welfare improved and the zoo became a full member in 2007.”That was in August, and since then an undercover investigation by the Captive Animals Protection Society has revealed that animal welfare standards at Noah's Ark may not be as they seem. It is thought that the zoo may have been breeding animals, including tigers and camels, for the Great British Circus, the last circus in Britain to use live animals in its shows, although the zoo has denied that is the case. In addition, it was discovered that the body of a tiger which died during childbirth at the zoo was disposed of in a way that contravenes animal disposal regulations - its paws, head and skin were removed, the carcass was buried on owner Anthony Bush's land, and the head was revealed to have been kept in a freezer at the zoo.
The news seems to have caused BIAZA to reconsider their position on Noah's Ark Zoo Farm's welfare standards, as a local newspaper this week reported that the zoo has been suspended by the association pending an investigation into the revelations.
However, the zoo's website makes no mention of the suspension, with BIAZA still included in a list of its memberships.