Thursday, June 3, 2010

Monkeys returned to Symbio, one still missing

I have just read from Symbio Zoo on Facebook that all the little monkeys (except one) have been returned. 

Police yesterday found three members of a family of four cotton-top tamarins in a cage the thieves dumped in parkland in Auburn, in Sydney's west. Four pygmy marmosets - smaller than the palm of a hand - were left at a veterinary clinic in the same suburb. Police said detectives identified a blue Honda Civic they believe was used in the theft at Symbio Wildlife Park. The Honda was traced and found at a house in Parramatta on Tuesday. Later that day police also raided homes in Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill and Mulgrave. They were then lead to parkland in Auburn, where they found three of the cotton-top tamarins in a cage that had been dumped.

Hopefully little Rico the Cotton Top Tamarin will be returned like the others have soon! This is great news! :) .. READ>


From the bottom of our hearts, we thank everyone who has read, and forwarded our message on Facebook, for all the calls, text messages and support from everyone. 

As of today we have 7 of our 8 stolen animals returned to the Park, they are doing well and it was remarkable to see how comfortable they became, once the knew they were home. They are happily jumping around and have tucked into a hearty breakfast of their favourites after a quick check over by the vet. 

The most important issue is that we have still not recovered Rico, a 6 month old Cotton top Tamarin, he has been separated from his family and we believe he is being held as a pet, these are social animals that are very family orientated, they need to be with their family to learn the skills of being a monkey, and a part of their social heirarchy, so PLEASE, any information on the whereabouts of Rco, let the police or Crimestoppers know, his family, and the whole Symbio community are eagerly awaiting his return. 

A massive thankyou to the Helensburgh police, and the Wollongong Detectives, an absolute class outfit that have gone ensured the safe return of theses endangered critters 

The Media pressure was also instrumental in recovering the monkeys, the press were all over the story and forced the people holding the animals to surrender them, so we thank the media for listening and being so efficient in breaking the story. 

its been a hectic few days, and its not over yet, its really hard to say it enough but THANK YOU to everyone involved.


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