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Wildlife park ends public access
Tigers at Dartmoor Wildlife Park
The park has six Siberian tigers
Dartmoor Wildlife Park, home of hundreds of exotic animals including tigers and lions, closes to the public on Sunday.

Owner Ellis Daw, 77, who has run the park at Sparkwell near Plymouth for 38 years, is retiring.

There had been concerns that some of the animals would have to be destroyed.

But South Hams District Council, which issues zoo licences, said new homes had been found for all the animals which would be moved in the coming months.

Mr Daw, the owner of a successful timber firm, opened the park in 1968 on farmland his family bought after World War II.

His aim was to give animals space to roam, after being horrified by zoo conditions during childhood visits in the 1920s.




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