Update 3/4: Cumbria Zoo Company Limited, an organization formed to take over operation of the South Lakes Safari Zoo, said in a statement to The Dodo that it had recently begun to manage the zoo and is taking steps to alleviate the animal welfare issues at the site.
"We are passionate about our animals and about ensuring a culture of care and love, meeting their needs to showcase our animals and allowing them to engage with visitors, whilst being valued and respected," the group said. "Cumbria Zoo is thoroughly committed to delivering high standards of animal welfare for the animals in our care and others impacted by our conservation activities."
Update 3/6: Local councillors have refused to renew Cumbria Zoo's license on the ground that the facility was not following animal welfare or conservation standards. The zoo has 28 days to lodge an appeal.