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Tregembo zoo opens for season


The Cape Fear region's oldest zoo reopened for the season today. The Tregembo Animal Park on Carolina Beach Road in New Hanover County is home to more than 500 animals, including several new monkeys.

The park also has lions, tigers and bears, but that's not all. Zoo owner Robert Tregembo says the monkeys aren't the only new additions.

"We also have a sloth that's not on display yet," Tregembo said. "It's a South American sloth. That'll be nice for people to see. We have some baby alligators that we hatched out last fall and we have a new education building for school groups to go into before they visit the zoo."

The Tregembo Animal Park will remain open until early November.

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I've got to

follow up on my earlier post. Google the zoo and see what you get.

Their own website notes a lion, 2 species of tiger, a black leopord, a bobcat, and a bear.

Those are all pretty sizeable.

But keep looking. Several, who paid the $10 admission fee, noted the enclosures for the big cats were barely large enough for them to pace the length of their body before they had to turn around. In fact, for the lion, one noted his enclosure was barely large enough for him to lie down.

Why not put John Rendleman in a safari jacket and send him unannounced to do a piece for the evening news? Either he will confirm what others have posted or he will set those concerns aside and give the Zoo some free publicity.

Here's a legitimate question. What happens to the big cats in the event of a hurricane? The 1996 season was not that long ago.

I'm showing

my age. But I remember the elephant which was chained, by a rear leg, and kept in a small "corral" in which it barely had room to turn around.

Does Animal Control inspect the conditions on a regular, but unannounced, basis?

yes tis horrible

yes tis horrible horrible,just terribly horrible,horrible i tell you!! LOL


This place should have been shut down YEARS ago. A small metal cage is no way to keep a tiger and I can't imagine they get the proper care that the animals need. In any event, none of the habitats are anything more than cages.


I recently took my son to this thing they want to call a zoo!! It was horrible the poor animals looked so unhappy!!! Also looking in most of the "cages" we were suprised they were empty....where were the animals??? This place is a load of crap and someone should show up and do something. The giraffe they have in there is miserable he has a small tin building to go in for shelter and not that big of a fenced in area to walk around. The lions as well 2 huge ones in the same cage about the length of half a trailer. Just ridiculious!!! Shame on them!!!!!