Last week, the zoo appealed the suspension, which was issued by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, but a Rockbridge County judge upheld it, preventing Natural Bridge Zoo from opening this month as scheduled.
While this is a positive step, it does mean that the zoo's owner, Karl Mogensen, is now responsible for feeding, sheltering, and providing medical care for an entire zoo full of animals without any visitor revenue. We want this period to be short lived, but according to a recent article in The Roanoke Times, the ongoing USDA investigation could takes months.
That's why it's critical to sign and share the petition now. These animals shouldn't live in limbo, with their already inadequate care growing worse while the wheels of bureaucracy spin.