Reston Zoo to Reopen With New Name, New Owners

Operator promise to focus on health of the animals

A local zoo once noted for the poor health of its animals reopens Saturday with a new name and new owners.

The former Reston zoo is now called Roer's Zoofari Park.

In the past, the facility has been written up for animal care violations and a former director convicted of animal cruelty.

But new owners Vanessa Stoffel and Jacob Roer say the health of the animals is a priority and the focus of the zoo will change.

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