January 14, 2014 |
BORDENTOWN A small, shuttered zoo in Burlington County that was listed for sale last year for $2.4 million is no longer being actively marketed. Valerie Belardo, the ReMax real estate agent who contracted with the owner of the trouble-plagued Animal Kingdom Zoo in March, said she gave up the listing last month. "He's finding his own buyer," she said of Burton Sipp, a horse trainer who opened the zoo on the 36-acre property in Springfield Township as a hobby in 1988. Belardo, who dropped the price to $629,000 in September after Sipp decided to sell off the animals separately, said most of them were gone.
September 10, 2013 |
Only two giraffes and a white parrot were visible last week at a small, shuttered Burlington County zoo that has been selling off its animals for months. The graceful giants immediately perked up their heads and ambled to the edge of their wooden pen when a reporter approached the gated entrance to the 36.5-acre grounds in rural Springfield Township. The parrot, alone in a cage that faces a narrow parking lot, unleashed a shrill chorus of sounds and bobbed its head repeatedly. In its heyday, Animal Kingdom Zoo had more than 150 monkeys, camels, giraffes, hyenas, wolves, exotic birds, and other creatures.
May 23, 2013 |
THE SAFEST PLACE to be in "Hangover 3" is the spot usually reserved for Justin Bartha - off camera. Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms look like they're trying to sneak out a side door of this played-out franchise, happily ceding screen time to Zack Galifianakis and especially Ken Jeong. (Poor Helms doesn't quite make it - stay around for the end credits.) An apt subtitle for the trilogy's finale would be "Chow Time" - Jeong's flamboyant mystery man is the driver of a gold-heist plot that has the wolfpack in Mexico trying to find Chow, key to locating missing bullion that belongs to a vengeful crook (John Goodman)
August 3, 2012 |
On a steamy July day, children visiting the trouble-plagued Animal Kingdom Zoo in Burlington County giggled and shouted, "Hi, Mr. Monkey," as a band of white-faced capuchins raced to the front of their cages. Squawking, the monkeys flocked around a white plastic chute that delivers unusual treats into their pens. The zoo sells buckets of popcorn, marshmallows, and Froot Loops for customers to feed the more than 150 hyenas, wolves, llamas, three-toed sloths, and other exotic and domestic species on display behind a boarded-up pet shop.
November 1, 2011 |
A FIRE has killed a mother giraffe, her 3-week-old calf and a collection of exotic birds at a Burlington County zoo where the owner's wife died in a fire months ago. Animal Kingdom Zoo owner Burton Sipp said three dogs and four cats also died in Sunday night's fire. It's the second fire to strike this year at the private zoo in Springfield Township. Bridget Sipp was killed in April when a fire burned the couple's log cabin on the property. No animals were hurt then. Sipp said he flew home from Phoenix early yesterday after hearing about this weekend's fire.
November 1, 2011 |
Two giraffes and as many as 15 parrots died Sunday in the second fatal fire this year on a Burlington County property that houses a zoo and pet store. About 20 dogs were rescued from their kennels, said George Sipp, whose brother, Burton, is a longtime owner of Animal Kingdom Zoo on Jacksonville-Jobstown Road in Springfield Township. Seven giraffes, among those stabled in a barn attached to the store, were unharmed in the three-alarm blaze. Burton Sipp's wife, Bridget, also a co-owner, died in an April house fire on the 38-acre property.
September 5, 2010
Every time a new ticket/ID holder comes out, I rush to see whether it's the perfect vehicle for carrying tickets, IDs, and baggage-claim slips through airport security checkpoints. None can match Baggallini's nylon Ticket Organizer , a big. sturdy neck pouch (9.25 inches long by 4.75 inches wide), now available in funky zebra or giraffe patterns in addition to black and a slew of bright colors. The pouch has three big slash pockets for tickets, passport, and ID. A separate clear-plastic ID holder with a strap attached to the bottom pocket tucks into that pocket when it's not needed.
September 2, 2010 |
Call her Abby. That's the name voters have chosen for the Philadelphia Zoo's new baby giraffe. Officially, it's Abigail, but her keepers have already started calling her by the nickname. Abby was born July 17 to 9-year old Stella and her mate, Gus, 4. The first giraffe calf born at the zoo in 13 years, Abby will be on display this weekend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the zoo says. The other names up for consideration in the public vote were Patricia and Shari. Contact the Inquirer Online Desk at online@phillynews.
November 7, 2008 |
Take the flat tire that was Madagascar . Retread it with The Lion King storyline. Pump it up with air. Now you have Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa , an overinflated sequel to the one about the lion, the zebra, the giraffe and the hippo liberated from the Central Park Zoo and deposited (by penguin commandos) on the island nation off the east coast of Africa. As in the first installment of the DreamWorks animation, M2 suggests that to flourish in the jungle it helps to have street smarts.
June 21, 2008 |
Old age has claimed another animal at the Philadelphia Zoo. Twigga, who at 29 was one of the oldest giraffes in the nation, was euthanized Thursday at the zoo, her home since 1979. In announcing her death yesterday, the zoo said the giraffe - tall for a female at 15 feet - had been on medications for age-related arthritis for some time. "Based on Twigga's comfort and behavior, the zoo's veterinary team decided this week that humane euthanasia was now the best course for her," the zoo's statement said.