After 5 years of litigation against a roadside zoo in Manchester, Iowa, the Animal Legal Defense Fund got the victory of a lifetime! A judge ordered 400+ animals be removed from cruel conditions at the Cricket Hollow Zoo and gave control of the animals’ relocations to sanctuaries and loving homes to the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
On December 9, 2019 the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and multiple rescue partners, descended on the zoo’s property to rescue the animals. From hamsters to black bears, we rescued every animal on the zoo’s property.
Included in the 400+ were 3 baboons and 2 macaques. These primates were suffering in small, barren, and filthy enclosures inside of a trailer—the warped plywood floor soaked with urine. Now these intelligent primates have a chance to live out their lives in safety — but they need our help!
We need to raise $115,000 to build a habitat that will give these primates a large, warm, and comfortable home at Born Free USA’s accredited primate sanctuary in south Texas. Please make a donation to help these animals finally live in the habitat they deserve. All funds will go to the Animal Legal Defense Fund who are coordinating this important project.
Ana is a female macaque. She is missing hair on her tummy and rear end. With the lack of enrichment in her cage, she has suffered psychologically. She had untreated open wounds. She was observed hanging in the corner of her cage at Cricket Hollow Zoo trying to look out of the solitary window. This window also provided the only light into her winter enclosure, where she lived seven months of the year.
Mrs. Wilkins is an older female macaque. She has lost the function of most of her right hand. The veterinarian on the scene of the rescue effort noted she may have suffered from a broken jaw that was left untreated – resulting in her inability to fully close her mouth. She was observed eating the moldy straw in her cage—which can be a sign of starvation. Now in quarantine, awaiting her new structure, Mrs. Wilkins prefers oranges to carrots (but eats both). Both macaques enjoy their monkey biscuits. After adapting to her temporary surroundings, Mrs. Wilkins has become very active, lively, and engaged—a far cry from the catatonic state she was observed in at Cricket Hollow Zoo. Both macaques tested positive for trichuris (a type of roundworm) and are being treated.
The baboons, Violet (female), Presley (female), and Marlin (male) are estimated to be less than 10 years old. They tested positive for coccidia (a parasite that lives in the intestines) and are being treated. The arrived in thin body condition and have been enjoying regular treats—especially peanuts. At the Cricket Hollow Zoo, the baboons suffered from severe psychological distress as at least one member of their family was torn away from the troop upon birth to be hand-raised by the zoo owners and shown to visitors as an “ambassador.”
It was because of an Animal Legal Defense Fund lawsuit that a judge ordered Cricket Hollow Zoo to surrender its animals to a sanctuary. I was lucky enough to work with the Animal Legal Defense Fund on this case and served as lead trial counsel last October. As a result of the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s efforts, over 400 animals have been removed from the zoo. Due to the special care these primates need, a new enclosure must be built to accommodate them.
The cost to build the new enclosure is $115,000. It will provide the baboons at least one acre of safely enclosed land where the animals can live out their lives. The sanctuary’s existing macaque enclosure must be modified to safely house and separate the two new additions from the existing residence. The Animal Legal Defense Fund is the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals. It was because of the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s tireless work that a judge ordered Cricket Hollow Zoo to surrender its animals to a sanctuary — and now those animals need our help.
Please make a gift now to help us reach our $115,000 goal and give these primates the home they deserve.