The owners of Tropical Wings Zoo in South Woodham Ferrers have announced that their zoo is to close permanently in December.

The announcement was made on their Facebook page, and users are already reacting with a great amount of sadness on social media.

Their announcement said:

It is with great sadness that we will be closing our wonderful zoo forever on 3rd December.

We have been on a fantastic journey with what has become a business to be very proud of, but sadly, due to ill health, the time has come for us to retire.

We have not taken this decision lightly but circumstances have dictated this action.

We would like to thank everyone that has helped over the years to make our zoo the wonderful venue it has become and for your continued support during this difficult time.

Over the coming months our priority will be working to find all our wonderful animals new and caring homes within the zoo community.

We would like to take this opportunity to assure all of our season ticket holders that reimbursements by post will be processed from 4th December but please bear with us as I’m sure you will all understand there is a large number to process.

Please call 01245 425394 to discuss your refund.

Our customer service line will remain open for a period of time between 10am-3pm for any queries – 01245 425394.

Dennis and Rona Strong – Zoo Owners

With much sadness on a personal level, the team at The Southend Bible would like to pass on their best wishes to the owners of this fantastic zoo that has been a shining example of fantastic Essex tourism and hospitality for many years.