From what we heard at the time, there was something of a 'revolt' by the next generation who forced the hand of Lord and Lady Fisher, to curtail their spending. It was certainly inferred that (at the very least) there was little love lost... Lady Fisher took miniature horses and donkeys to Sussex, but from what I assumed, she had made sure that the place was empty of animals when the auction took place. On the day we arrived late, and missed everything save some sundries being sold off at the end. The auction sold everything moveable on the property (exactly like a farm sale), boxes of guide-books, cage-labels, feed pots, crockery from the cafe, boxes of nails from the workshop, the steam train (went to Woburn), the railway tracks, all the aviaries, fencing and houses in-situ - everything. So, I cant really see how there was any livestock still on site. I met Martin Goymour, Len Simmons and Ken Sims there, so at least two people would know far more than I do! However, the auctioneers did not require buyers to clear the site, so many of the ramshackle buildings and aviaries remained post auction along with the brick-built pits and pens, as the buyers just stripped what was easy to take, and worth taking - leaving the rest. What was left would have taken some considerable effort to clear, and it was Patrick's decision to re-stock it instead, which led to the re-opening under the new name.. Interestingly, we went to similar auctions held when Midland Bird Garden, Lilford Park Aviaries and the Flamingo Gardens all closed. I had their sale catalogues (with prices jotted down) for some time, but all are lost now - a pity, they would have made interesting reading. Some may still be out there...?