Wayne Newton animals: Sloths, penguins, and hundreds of other exotic animals belonging to Wayne Newton will be sold after it was approved by a Nevada court.
A wildlife center purchased hundreds of exotic animals, including penguins and wallabies, belonging to singer Wayne Newton after a Nevada bankruptcy court approved the sale.
Late last month, Newton’s sprawling Casa de Shenandoah estate in Las Vegas was put up for sale, despite protests from the entertainer and his wife.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Thursday that Newton’s 280 exotic animals were sold to the Oregon-based Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center and Sloth Captive Husbandry Research Center for $27,300.
The animals include exotic fish, birds, and mammals that were housed at the Casa de Shenandoah.
In all, 150 lovebirds, 80 fish, 2 sloths, 2 lemurs, black neck swans, wallabies, African penguins, East African crowned cranes, and lesser blue-eared glossy starlings were sent to the Oregon center.
Newton also owns a herd of Arabian horses, which graze on the Casa’s land, but those have not been sold.
The exotic animals were going to be used for a theme park and museum dedicated to Newton’s life and career that never came to fruition, according to the newspaper. It costs the company around $5,000 per month to feed and keep the animals.
A staffer with the Oregon wildlife center told ABC News that “our specialty is our vast collection of the ultra-delicate, two-fingered sloth.”
“We are absolutely ecstatic to be getting them back,” said the staffer, referring to the two sloths that were housed in Newton’s estate.
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