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Wayne Newton will soon be saying goodbye to 280 of his exotic animals.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the animals were sold for $27,300 to a wildlife center in Oregon after being approved by a bankruptcy court judge in Nevada.
The animals are being sold for less than $100 each by CSD LLC, which owns Newton's Casa de Shenandoah estate outside Las Vegas, ABC News reports.
The value of exotic animals has greatly decreased, according to experts, and Jasmine Bigbee, manager of the estate's wildlife center, said in the bankruptcy court papers that the current market is "saturated." Apparently, reports show that although the CSD paid $10,500 in 2010 for a penguin, they are now worth less than $1,000.
The Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center and Sloth Captive Husbandry Research Center of Rainier have now purchased the animals, and the center’s staff members are reportedly thrilled to welcome the newest additions.
"Our specialty," said a staffer, "is our vast collection of the ultra-delicate, two-fingered sloth."
In fact, two of the sloths that will be leaving Newton’s collection originally came from the Oregon wildlife center.
"We are absolutely ecstatic to be getting them back," the staffer said.
According to Zap2it, all of the animals are expected to be moved to their new home by June.