Cape Town's iconic bird park, World of Birds, has been robbed.
Walter Mangold, the owner of the popular tourist attraction in Hout Bay, was targeted by two men on the premises on Sunday.
The 81-year-old owner was followed to his office by the men who had posed as visitors.
Mangold was overpowered and tied up by the assailants.
He says he's grateful to be alive, despite the emotional scarring that he is dealing with.
According to Mangold, around R70 000 in cash was stolen.
The wildlife sanctuary and monkey park has been facing financial trouble and this incident is another setback to its financial recovery.
According to Mangold, the sanctuary owes the bank R850 000 and staff have been on short pay for the past five months.
Mangold suspects that the robbers had insider knowledge about what time management transfers cash to the safe.
He hopes the summer season will bring in more income in order to recover and pay their debts and expenses.
Mangold says the sanctuary will beef up security following the incident and conduct polygraph tests on staff to determine potential insider involvement.
I am sitting at the same desk where I was knocked down yesterday.— Walter Mengold, founder at World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park
I am emotionally scarred, never mind my hands and feet which were bound... I was manhandled very badly.— Walter Mengold, founder at World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park
We think there was inside information [given].— Walter Mengold, founder at World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park
The two robbers paid the entrance fee and came in like normal tourists.— Walter Mengold, founder at World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park
Listen to him relay the traumatic experience on The Pippa Hudson Show:
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