GuZoo allowed to reopen until judicial review of shutdown order

A private Alberta zoo that was ordered to close is operating again.

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EDMONTON — A private Alberta zoo that was ordered to close is operating again.

Dave Ealey of Alberta Sustainable Resources says GuZoo near Three Hills reopened Tuesday under strict conditions.

Ealey says the operator of GuZoo requested a judicial review and a court has ordered that the shutdown order be stayed, or suspended, until the review is complete.

The review will be heard on Sept. 28.

The operating conditions include not allowing the public to have contact with exotic animals and other wildlife; special conditions on the care and handling of the animals and right of provincial staff to come in and inspect the zoo at any time.

In late May, the Alberta government said it would no longer issue GuZoo a permit because an independent review found deficiencies in all categories of its operations.