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Circus owner jailed following spider monkey rescue.

Posted: 14 March 2017. Updated: 23 November 2017

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Lima, Peru: A circus owner has been jailed following a surprise raid Circo de las Estrellas by Peruvian wildlife officials from SERFOR (ATFFS Lima), the Ecological Police and Animal Defenders International (ADI) to confiscate Zumba, a male spider monkey illegally kept by the circus and found chained inside a tiny cage.

Last year, ADI completed a two year mission with Peru’s wildlife department SERFOR to enforce the country’s ban on wild animals in circuses. During Operation Spirit of Freedom, ADI rescued over 100 animals and the culmination was the flight of over 30 lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia home to Africa. The latest raid shows that Peru’s authorities will not tolerate any circuses that attempt to illegally use wild animals.

ADI had confirmed the presence of monkey Zumba with video footage and then trailed the circus as it moved relocation. We raided the circus with wildlife officials from SERFOR (ATFFS Lima) and the Ecological Police before taking Zumba home to our sanctuary facilities at the Pilpintuwasi Animal Orphanage, near Iquitos. There, ADI has a series of natural forest habitats for six different species of monkeys, as well as coatis and kinkajous.

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Upon arrival, Zumba was monitored in an enclosure within the main spider monkey habitat where he could make contact with the six other spider monkeys – all rescued from circuses, restaurants and the pet trade by ADI - before full re-introduction. Pepe, head of the family, was first to check out Zumba, who looked suitably submissive, and soon afterwards the other spider monkeys were swinging down to check out and groom their new family member!

Today, Zumba shares a natural forest habitat in the Amazon with Pepe, Valerie, Cindy, Samantha, Mateo, and Annie, all saved by ADI from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in Peru. Donate towards their care »

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