Tregembo Animal Park

Vince Winkel / WHQR Public Radio

The Tregembo Animal Park on Carolina Beach Road has two fewer animals today. That’s because Ben and Booger, a couple of bears, are on their way to a new home in Colorado. The move was triggered by a lawsuit filed in August by two North Carolina residents.

Vince Winkel

PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect Tregembo Animal Park on Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington. This week’s request from PETA comes after the organization saw video footage of several animals apparently in distress. 

USDA

WHQR recently reported that Tregembo Animal Park, a roadside zoo in Wilmington, received a USDA citation for violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Tregembo initially claimed this citation, due to an ailing bear with facial lesions, was their first. But there have been two similar citations in the zoo’s past. 

Due to the bear’s sickness, Tregembo Animal Park received a code 2.40 citation, which indicates inadequate attending veterinary care. It’s a direct noncompliance item—or NCI—because it directly impacts the wellbeing of the animal.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

The USDA has cited Wilmington’s Tregembo Animal Park, a roadside zoo near Monkey Junction, with a violation of the Animal Welfare Act. The citation came after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals—or PETA—filed a formal complaint regarding a bear with severe facial lesions. The bear is undergoing medical treatment.  

Rachel Mathews of the PETA Foundation says Tregembo has a long history of Animal Welfare Act violations, and that there are many signs of neglect at the park. Mathews says the USDA is lax in its enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act: