The new owners of the Plumpton Park Zoo in Rising Sun are now keeping it open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily to entice visitors to the 25-year-old zoo they purchased from its aging founder Ed Plumstead. Plumstead closed it this past summer following a USDA inspection that turned up some problems with the animals’ care and condition. Cheryl and Nichlas Lacovara, of Mullica Hill, New Jersey, who were longtime fans of the zoo and exotic animal enthusiasts themselves, bought the zoo and enlisted the help of a team of volunteers to renovate it. The zoo, which features a cougar, a tiger and Watusi and other animals you’d be surprised to find in Cecil County, had been open on weekends since its October reopening. In addition to extending its hours, the zoo owners have launched a social media campaign. Click here to follow them on Facebook. Click here to watch Oasis the tiger and Nicole the cougar feeding on grocery store poultry on the zoo’s YouTube channel. Click here to follow them on Twitter. For more information on the zoo at 1416 Telegraph Road in Rising Sun, visit its website at http://www.plumptonparkzoo.org/.
The zoo is also putting together a team to participate in the Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 29. If you’d like to join them, visit http://www.plumptonparkzoo.org/get-involved/events and www.plungemd.com for more information.