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More than 60 enquiries for Blackbrook Zoological Park near Leek

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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More than 60 people have enquired about buying a Staffordshire Moorlands zoo that is in administration.

Blackbrook Zoological Park, in Winkhill, near Leek, was placed in the hands of administrators earlier this month, placing seven jobs at risk.

It is now in the hands of Newcastle-under-Lyme-based Barringtons Corporate Recovery.

Managing director Phil Wood said people who already own UK tourist attractions in the north and south had enquired about the site. He said he was hopeful the seven jobs would be saved if a buyer could be found.

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The 30-acre zoo, which features penguins, storks, flamingos and cassowaries, has struggled to attract visitors.

Staff at the park have been working for free for a number of months in a bid to keep the venue going. Offers in the region of £300,000 and £350,000 are being sought.

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