The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge is entertaining two strong offers for the purchase of the zoo it runs east of Crestview.
By WENDY VICTORA
CRESTVIEW — The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge is entertaining two strong offers for the purchase of the zoo it runs east of town.
Director Susal Leveille said they were surprised by the number of responses they got after placing an ad on Craigslist. The 10-acre zoo, which has 90 exotic animals, was put on the market in April for $350,000.
Leveille said one of the stipulations would be that future owners would agree to keep existing animals. Offers are also being vetted based on finances and future plans for the facility.
“Both parties seemed to be very committed and extremely interested,” she said, adding that she couldn’t provide additional information about prospective buyers at this time. “Both have a great deal of animal experience and great credentials.”
She said the refuge has received a number of calls from folks in the Crestview area asking about the sale and the welfare of the animals.
The refuge took over the park, long known as the Sasquatch Zoo, four years ago. The zoo had fallen into a state of disrepair as its former owners struggled to keep up with the demands.
The zoo is listed as Crestview’s No. 1 attraction on TripAdvisor.
The facility, which has been renovated completely, includes a stocked gift shop, fencing, outbuildings, a commissary, a golf cart and a tractor. Animals mentioned in the listing include a white tiger, a Bengal tiger, an African lion, monkeys, bobcats, sloths and lemurs.