Popular 'Roos-n-More' Zoo in Moapa Valley Closes - 8 News NOW

Popular 'Roos-n-More' Zoo in Moapa Valley Closes

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MOAPA VALLEY, Nev. -- Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, yet the valley is running out of zoos.

Last year, the I-Team unconvered management issues which lead to the closing of the Las Vegas Zoo. And now, Moapa Valley's "Roos-n-More" is preparing to do the same after violating county codes.

Except, those violations had nothing to do with the animals.

"Bathrooms for people. That's the issue," said Valerie Holt, who owns and operates the zoo.

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The county wouldn't elaborate with 8 News Now, but did agree bathrooms were an issue. Currently, visitors go inside a residential home to use the restroom, which, according to the city, is a code violation.

With the amount of animals also comes a large cost to feed and take care of them. If the zoo remains closed, animals will have to be sold one-by-one, mainly to other zoos outside of Nevada, Holt said.

"We get phone calls all the time like, 'Will you sell me a kangaroo?," said Holt. "My answer is 'no.' A lot of these animals don't belong in private households."

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Many zoo-goers already want to help.

"I want to spread the word because that's such a neat thing to have. A little zoo in our own backyard," said Stelle Stutz.

Until the zoo raises the money, however, which is expected to be tens of thousands of dollars, the gates will remain closed.

If you would like to help donate, visit http://www.roosnmore.org/donations.php.




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