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Spring River Park & Zoo, operated by the city of Roswell, New Mexico, confines bears to a decrepit concrete pit and other animals to cramped cages. The roadside zoo claimed that it would make improvements for them, yet nothing meaningful has been done.
For years, bears Sierra and Ursula have been stuck in this pit, which is like a dungeon straight out of the Dark Ages to them. Concrete substrate causes and exacerbates physical ailments, including painful and debilitating arthritis, in bears.
Spring River Zoo was cited twice by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for allowing an underweight longhorn steer to stumble around on his likely painful overgrown hooves for months because it failed to obtain the necessary equipment to provide him with veterinary care and trim his hooves.
The facility keeps animals such as foxes, coatis, and lemurs in cramped corn crib cages. It also acquired two beavers despite not having a proper enclosure for them, resulting in the escape of one, who has never been found and could be dead. Instead of using its limited resources to make important and necessary improvements for the health and welfare of the animals there, Spring River Zoo acquired more animals, including three capybara, destined to live out their days in misery at this ramshackle roadside zoo. But you can help them!
PETA has repeatedly offered to donate funds to improve the conditions for the animals if Spring River Zoo would allow the bears to be transferred to an accredited sanctuary where they would have acres of natural terrain to roam, ponds for swimming, and natural dens for resting and hibernating—but it has refused, leaving them to suffer in the barren, antiquated concrete pit. Confining any animal this way is cruel and a form of speciesism—a human-supremacist worldview.
Speak up today and urge Spring River Zoo to close its concrete pits and allow the bears to be transferred to an accredited sanctuary.