Roos-N-More Zoo in Moapa forced to close its doors


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Roos-N-More Zoo in Moapa forced to close its doors

By Michael Lopardi. CREATED Jan 24, 2014

Moapa, NV (KTNV) -- A zoo in Moapa has shut down and the director worries it may never reopen.

Clark County closed the facility for issues that had nothing to do with the animals.

Roos-N-More Zoo is home to dozens of animals and typically hosts private tours. But it's closed after the county issued a cease and desist order about two weeks ago.

The director said the main problem was public restrooms for visitors.

The zoo has two restrooms in a former house, but the director said she was told they cannot be used for commercial use. The zoo also tried using portable toilets but was told those weren't allowed either.

Part of the issue goes back to sanitation and ADA Compliance of the facilities. That means the zoo would have to install a septic system and some sort of permanent restroom facility.

The estimated price tag is around $100,000, and the director said she doesn't have the money.

"They're forcing us to close until we raise an astronomical amount of money to come in compliance," said Valerie Holt, zoo director.

The county said inspectors showed up after receiving a complaint in August. They found no problems with the care of the animals.

The zoo can continue to visit other places, such as schools.

The director is hoping for donations. Without them, she's not sure the facility will reopen.

A fundraiser is being held on Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Muddy River Grill in Moapa. It'll take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.