A STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands tourist site is up for sale.
The directors of Blackbrook Zoological Park have announced today (Tuesday, March 4) that the popular visitor site has been placed into liquidation.
A spokesman said: “Home to the largest and most diverse collection of wildfowl and exotic birds in the region, the business has experienced a sharp decline of late and is badly in need of a new and enthusiastic management structure to take it forward.
“The collection, which includes Penguins, Emus, Pink Flamingo’s, a Pelican, an Ostrich, Meerkats, Lemurs and Reptiles has grown steadily since the site was acquired in 1991 from the owners of, what was then, Blackbrook Animal World.”
Impressively landscaped, the park now offers an extensive labyrinth of footpaths that meander between the enclosures and displays, with the majority equipped with either water features or a lake.
A visitor centre, tea room and facilities have been added and there is an abundant amount of car parking and picnic areas.
Proposed Liquidator, Phil Wood, said: “It’s a great shame this situation has occurred, particularly as the site is so well known to so many families in the area and a valuable educational tool for our schools.
“This is one of the best known visitor attractions within a district which depends heavily on tourism, and we are very keen to find a buyer to take it on.
“The Zoological Park needs to be taken to the next level of appeal and enjoyment.
“We think there is huge potential for business growth, through the retail and catering opportunity on site and to maximise the extensive level of capital investment that has been injected by the directors over the last two decades.
“Visitor numbers have declined of late, but in the right hands, visitor numbers can quickly return to the 55,000 reported in 2012, and beyond.
“A consortium of staff members are prepared to take it on, as a going concern, but they need outside investment, so there is a real opportunity for someone with an entrepreneurial flair to get involved.”
Newcastle Agents Hinson Parry & Company have been instructed to market the Zoo and are currently requesting offers.
The price guide quoted is in the region of £300,000 to £350,000. They can be contacted on 01782 713444.