Two emperor tamarin monkeys, Bella and Finn, were found safe by Dallas police after going missing from the Dallas Zoo on Monday. The zoo’s enclosure was tampered with, leading to the discovery of their absence. The monkeys were discovered in a closet at a house in Lancaster and were returned to the zoo after a health check. Although they had lost some weight, they were in good condition and began eating and drinking right away. The monkeys will need to undergo a quarantine period before they can be returned to their habitat at the zoo.
The Dallas Police Department, with the assistance of the Lancaster Police Department, retrieved two missing emperor tamarin monkeys from the Dallas Zoo on Tuesday after receiving a tip about their location. The monkeys were found in a community house belonging to the Family Center Church of God in Christ in Lancaster, next door to the church. The house had been boarded up, but was not abandoned, and the monkeys were found in a closet. Other animals, such as birds and cats, were also found in the home. The church was alerted to the presence of the monkeys after recognizing a man from surveillance video released by the police. The police investigation is ongoing, and no arrests have been made. This is the latest in a series of incidents at the zoo where the habitats of animals, including endangered species, have been tampered with intentionally.
According to a statement released by the zoo on Wednesday, they have taken measures to enhance their security by consulting with experts and implementing new strategies on their 106-acre grounds. These measures include the installation of additional cameras and increased patrols in challenging areas, upgraded security technology, improved fencing, and enhanced overnight staffing. The zoo is offering a reward of $25,000 for any information leading to the arrest and indictment of the individual or individuals responsible for the recent incidents.