The manager announced that he had a complaint with the Chabeuil gendarmerie. According to him, the burglary is the work of that of animal traffickers.
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Two tamarins and ten lemurs were stolen from the Upie zoo (Drôme) on the night of Sunday August 22 to Monday August 23, reports France Bleu Drôme Ardèche. The manager announced that he had a complaint with the Chabeuil gendarmerie.
It is the person in charge of the primates sector and the new species of the animal park, wife of the manager of the zoo, who discovered this Monday, around 7:30 am, the shelter of the tamarins and lemurs almost empty, after a burglary in the night. Of the eleven lemurs, only one remained in the enclosure. Two lipped tamarins, small monkeys with a white spot like a mustache, arrived at the zoo in May as part of a rare species conservation program, were also stolen.
“It was months and years of upstream work to bring a brand new building out of the ground”, laments Alexandre Liauzu, the manager. According to him, the burglary is the work of that of animal traffickers: “It was a seemingly well-organized commando group that presumably followed an order. The traffickers don’t know where to find them anymore so they come to the zoos. Often the same species are targeted as the primates.”, he explains.
“We hope that this bad moment will be quickly forgotten and that people can give information to the gendarmerie”, concluded the manager. According to France Bleu Drôme Ardèche, the establishment has already received many messages of support.