The appropriate authority may by direction exempt a zoo1 from the whole or part2 of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 if a local authority3 informs the appropriate authority that in its opinion such a dispensation should be made because of the small number of the kinds of animal kept there4. However, the appropriate authority may only make such a direction where it is satisfied that it is not prejudicial to the protection of wild animals and the conservation of biodiversity to do so5.
On information from the operator that, having regard to the small size of the zoo or the
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