Dallas Zoo has been in the news lately but for all the wrong reasons.
Two weeks ago, Nova, a three-year-old clouded leopard, escaped from the zoo after it appeared that someone deliberately cut through the mesh of Nova's enclosure to entice an escape.
Last week came the sad news that a vulture had been deliberately killed.
Pin, the lappet-faced vulture, was at least 35 years old and had been at the Dallas Zoo for 33 years. Unfortunately, there are only 6,500 lappet-faced vultures in the world, making this incident even more tragic.
Dallas Zoo has announced a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.
“Deaths are always difficult - but this one is particularly challenging. This is an endangered species … we are disturbed by the idea that someone might have intentionally done this. He lived here at Dallas zoo for 33 years.” Dallas Zoo Vice President Harrison Edell
These incidents have led to increased security measures being implemented at the Dallas Zoo.
"In the past week, we have added additional cameras throughout the Zoo and increased onsite security patrols during the overnight hours. We will continue to implement and expand our safety and security measures to whatever level necessary to keep our animals and staff safe." Dallas Zoo
Now comes the news that two monkeys were taken from their enclosure at the Dallas Zoo Monday morning.
Zoo spokeswoman Kari Streiber said it was “clear the habitat had been intentionally compromised.” Police believe the monkeys were taken.
Who is behind all these acts? A disgruntled former employee? Pranksters?
Let's hope they end soon.
Are you concerned about the recent incidents at the Dallas Zoo? What other measures should the zo implement? Do you like to visit the zoo? What punishment should be inflicted on the people attacking these animals?
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