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JHB Zoo daily activities continuing as normal

This follows the temporary suspension by the African Association of Zoos and Aquaria.

FILE: Eight antelope imported from Prague Zoo in Czech Republic had to be put down to avoid disease threat. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Zoo says its day to day activities have not been affected by the temporary suspension by the African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZAB).

The association has also instituted a full investigation to determine if the zoo was unethical in the process of importing antelope from the Prague Zoo.

But the zoo says the animals were not meant for them, but rather a private breeder.

Zoo spokeswoman Jenny Moodley says the agreement was that the zoo would assist with quarantine of the animals upon its arrival in the country and would retain two of the antelope in lieu of the fees it would have charged the breeder.

Moodley says they have also instructed Price Waterhouse Coopers to an investigation to get to the root cause of who instructed the animals importation without a clearance certificate for the Schmallenberg virus.

Moodley explains, "Transit arrangements for the consignment of antelope were in order. The permits were in order. It was just the clearance certificate for the virus. The virus itself is only active in some of the countries in Europe so, could it be that our vets weren't aware of it at this stage, we are unaware."