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Lagoon Amusement Park’s Shameful History

Lagoon Amusement Park has an unpopular and depressing ride known as the “Wild Animal Kingdom” train, where visitors pass by miserable animals confined to tiny cages. Most park attendees says it kills their fun, and many people avoid Lagoon altogether because of this part of the park. As the below documentation makes clear, Lagoon does a poor job of caring for these animals, and is a frequent violator of federal animal welfare laws.

Please take action and urge Lagoon to send its animals to waiting, reputable sanctuaries and replace its “Wild Animal Kingdom” train with a modern, fun, animal-free ride.

  • March 27, 2018: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cited Lagoon for violating the Animal Welfare Act after a young elk crawled into an adjacent bison pen due to poor structural integrity of the animals’ enclsoure. The bison charged at and killed the the young elk, who was subsequently euthanized. Internal documents obtained by UARC reveal that Lagoon urged USDA officials in email communications to withdraw its violation, because Lagoon was concerned about the bad publicity due to UARC’s efforts and protests.
    Source material: USDA Violation Report. Email Communications with Lagoon. KSL story.
  • August 18, 2013: A Lagoon employee was hospitalized in serious condition after being gored in the leg while feeding a wildebeest.
    Source material: Standard-Examiner story.
  • May 2013: The USDA cited Lagoon “for a buildup of bird droppings at a shelter for 10 sheep.”
    Source material: Standard-Examiner story.
  • July 10, 2012: The USDA cited Lagoon “for having dirt- and algae-encrusted water bowls inside an elk pen.”
    Source material: Standard-Examiner story.
  • September 27, 2011: The USDA cited Lagoon for failure to provide adequate veterinary care to two of its leopards.
    Source material: USDA Violation Report.
  • September 27, 2006: The USDA cited Lagoon for failure to provide kangaroos with adequate veterinary care. The inspector noted that Lagoon had failed to provide an explanation as to why a female kangaroo was euthanized in July 2006, which is necessary to “prevent a reoccurrence.”
    Source material: USDA Violation Report.
  • May 4, 2004: In a scathing 4-page report, the USDA issued four citations against Lagoon, including some sections of federal regulations that were “repeat” offenses. There were multiple cases of inadequate veterinary care, and “[h]ealth problems…not being detected, diganosed and treated” including a peccary’s eyes that were “encrusted with amber colored material.” A camel was observed to have a lump on his face and another on his lip, but Lagoon had failed to treat this animal. Numerous animals were in need of basic grooming including hoof trimming, including a fallow deer whose hooves were “at least 4 inches long.” A cougar, camel, fallow deer, and peccary were all observed limping. Lagoon was also cited for failing to maintain their facilities in good condition.
    Source material: USDA Violation Report.
  • March 19, 2004: The USDA cited Lagoon with multiple violations, including failing to provide adequate veterinary care, failure to provide deworming treatment, failure to provide adequate drainage in a deer enclosure, and failure to provide 10 bison with water.
    Source material: USDA Violation Report.
  • October 4. 2002: A USDA inspector noted that there was a need for more shelter space for the sheep, elk, and deer who were housed together at the time of the inspection.
    Source material: USDA Violation Report.