One of the best-selling artists of all time, MICHAEL JACKSON has inspired countless people to try — and more often than not fail — his trademark “Moonwalk.”
But MJ also had a passion for animals and even had his own zoo. Here’s everything you need to know.
What was the name of Michael Jackson’s zoo?
The King of Pop’s collection of various creatures was extensive.
His zoo was located on his expansive property in California.
Dubbed Neverland Ranch, the property encompassed some 2,700 acres and had a number of quirky features.
These included a train (with a station), its own movie theater, amusement rides and Jackson’s Zoo.
Where was Michael Jackson’s zoo?
Michael Jackson has had great success both as a member of The Jackson 5 and as a solo artist.
In 1988, he bought the Santa Barbara County Ranch for around $19.5 million, which he turned into his personal amusement park.
After Jackson’s death, it was bought by billionaire Ron Burkle for £22million in 2020, having listed for almost four times as much.
Jackson sold it to Colony Capital in 2009 for $22.5 million.
His estate was a co-owner of the estate “with a fund managed by Colony Capital, a real estate mutual fund,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
The Beat It singer defaulted on a Neverland-backed loan, and the trust “purchased the note in 2008 and brought title to a joint venture he formed with the pop star.”
Jackson is said to have abused children on the property.
Jackson, who died in 2009 at the age of 50, has strongly denied allegations of sexual abuse against him.
It also had a zoo that housed Jackson’s animals.
What animals did Michael Jackson have in his Neverland Zoo?
Former Eastenders star Ross Kemp made an ITV documentary called Searching for Michael Jackson’s Zoo about what happened to the animals at Jackson’s estate.
The former Eastenders star wrote in The Sun about his experience filming the show, which explores her current whereabouts.
He said: “Everyone remembers Bubbles, the chimp who was brought to press conferences and featured in the thriller star’s music videos.
“But there were well over a hundred other Jackson animals at any one time – lions, tigers, bears, reptiles. He had them all.”
He continued: “As of 2005, very little is known about the whereabouts of the animals and I was curious as to what had happened to the most famous private collection in the world.
“It is very likely that some of his pets are still alive.”
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