Dallas Zoo mystery deepens as missing tamarin monkeys are found in closet of abandoned home


Two emperor tamarin monkeys. At an abandoned home, officials said.

A tip led authorities to Lancaster’s home south of Dallas. Where they discovered the animals shortly before 5 p.m. Dallas police said in a statement.


A photo posted by the department shows an animal inside the closet. Which appears to be part of a chainlink fence. No arrests have been made. And the investigation into their disappearance is ongoing, the department said.

The announcement came hours after the department. Asked for help in identifying a person linked to the missing animals.

Their disappearance was the latest in a series of suspicious incidents at the zoo. Investigators found a deliberate cut. At their house Monday and believe they were taken, the police department said.

On January 21st, a 35-year-old endangered vulture, Pin. On Jan. 13, Nova, a 3-year-old clouded leopard, escaped from. Her wire mesh enclosure after making an incision, authorities said. The cat, which the zoo said posed no danger to the public, was found later that day.

It is not clear whether the incident involved. The zoo has tightened security, adding more overnight guards and cameras. And it is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading. To an arrest and charges in the incident, the spokeswoman said.

In a statement Tuesday, the president of the Dallas Zoo’s accrediting agency. Said the group “stands squarely” with the facility and “condemns. This act of violence against the zoo, its animals and the entire Dallas community.”

“We are anxious to arrest and stop the perpetrators. And we applaud and support the work of the law enforcement professionals. Who are leading this investigation,” said Dan Ashe. President of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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