Gorillas were subjected to shouting visitors, said a source.
As such, rather than suggesting that the absence of reports of bad behaviour is indicative of everyone behaving themselves previously, it could be regarded as more telling that these stories emerged immediately as someone (in this case a journalist) began to look into it. It begs the question: How many more incidents have gone unreported, and over how many years?
Of course, while zoo management might feel they have cause to feel proud that only a small number of their drunken visitors have harassed and caused stress to the animals, all of these incidents could have been avoided by not hosting a booze-fueled party in the zoo in the first place. It really isn't rocket science and the zoo must be held fully responsible.
Indeed, so predictable is the outcome of mixing alcohol with animals that perhaps one of the "easiest" investigations my organization, CAPS, ever carried out was sending two of our investigators to the "Zoo Project" festival at Port Lypmne Zoo in 2012. The dance festival offered free entry to the zoo, on whose land it was being held. We had warned against such events the previous year to no avail and decided to send someone down there to gather evidence.
The assignment was simple: we purchased two tickets and sent our investigators to the zoo with the instructions to simply record what was happening.
CAPS exposes major UK safari park