The owners have begun finding good homes for the more than 70 animals that remain, including three African lions and six tigers, but parting with them has been emotional, because the Stapps have raised some of them from when they were very young.
“It kills you,” Stapp said. “It’s the same as having a dog or (house) cat that you raised.”
Two of the three bears who recently arrived have been shipped to similar zoos in Florida and Texas. A third will stay for a few more days before being sent to a zoo in southern Indiana.
Stapp said he also feels bad for the patrons, especially those who came year after year.
“It’s just a bad situation,” he said.
When exactly the zoo and the business will close remains unclear, Stapp said, because he is working with an attorney to see if the situation can be resolved.
“We still hope that somebody comes to their senses … but I don’t know if that’s going to happen,” he said.
Marc Coplon, executive director of the Greensburg/Decatur County Economic Development Corp., said he was sad to see the business close.
“Any time we lose a company in Greensburg it’s a shame,” he said.
Coplon said he plans to work with WorkOne and other local and regional organizations to try to find the employees new jobs.
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Stapp's Circle S Ranch is closing, though an exact closing date is unclear. Where: 4858 State Road 46. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Prices: $10 for ages 12 and up, $4 for ages 3 to 12, free for children under 2. More information: stappscirclesranch.org or 663-6709.