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Bowmanville Zoo, located outside of Clarington, Ontario, has announced that 2016 will be its last season in operation. It claimed to be the oldest private zoo in operation in North America when it was founded in 1919, with a compliment of over 300 animals.
Visitation counts for this season were down by 65 per cent according to Angus Carroll, the zoo's Director of Communications, the sharp decrease being blamed on animal rights activists.