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Detroit Zoo Caring for Confiscated Wild Animals

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(Detroit Zoo press release, July 11, 2014)

Thirty animals – including some exotic species ¬– are receiving care at the Detroit Zoo today after being rescued from a residential garage in the city of Warren on July 9.

Exotic mammals – including two white-nosed coatis, two ring-tailed lemurs and three fennec foxes – were discovered Rudy Serra campaign adalong with several rabbits and birds that were being kept in small cages in the garage of a home on Frazho Road. Contrary to reports, there were no aardvarks involved in the rescue.

The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) was contacted by an animal control officer on Wednesday after capturing a coati on the loose in a Warren neighborhood. The capture led to the discovery of the other animals. Eight members of the DZS animal and veterinary staff assessed the animals at the scene and assisted with the process of removing them from the home.

“The conditions these animals were being kept in were deplorable,” said Elizabeth Arbaugh, DZS curator of mammals, adding that the animals seem to be in seed010_todd_blakenshiprelatively good health, considering the environment from which they came. “There could be some possible health issues; we’ll know more after a complete evaluation.”

Some of the confiscated animals are under quarantine at the Zoo’s Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex as staff works to provide proper health care and healthy, balanced diets appropriate for each species. Others will be transferred to the Michigan Humane Society today, while permanent placement of the exotic animals is yet to be determined.

The Detroit Zoological Society is frequently asked to help with the rescue of exotic animals from private towners, pseudo-sanctuaries, roadside zoos and circuses. Past rescues include more than 1,000 exotic animals confiscated from an animal wholesaler in Texas, a polar bear from a tropical circus and lions kept in a junkyard in Kansas.

“Privately owned exotic animals kept as ‘pets’ often end up in compromised conditions and in need of rescue,” said Ron Kagan, DZS executive director and CEO. “We previously worked with the Michigan Humane Society and other organizations to pass legislation barring the ownership of exotic animals in Michigan.”

The care of the confiscated exotic animals is being supported by the Kalter/Lezotte Fund for Wildlife Rescue, which was established by the DZS to facilitate the rescue of animals with the intent to provide sanctuary at the Detroit Zoo. The public can contribute to the fund by sending a check, made payable to the Detroit Zoological Society, to the Fund for Wildlife Rescue, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067, or jennifer sandler bowen reflexologyby calling (248) 336-5704.

The Detroit Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic habitats, the Detroit Zoo is located at 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue off I-696 in Royal Oak, Mich. The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day (with extended hours until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during July and August), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March. Admission is $14 for adults 15 to 61 and $10 for children 2 to 14, senior citizens 62 and older and active military with ID; children under 2 are admitted free. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is to the Nature Zoo is free; however, a State of Michigan Recreation Passport is required for all personal vehicles to enter Belle Isle. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit


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