Monroe’s zoo cited for violating Animal Welfare Act

MONROE — The Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo has been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for two violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

The violations are both related to gibbons, a small member of the ape family.

The News-Star reports the first violation involves two gibbons that were found in an outdoor enclosure, with no access to their inside quarters. Temperatures were about 45 degrees with constant rain. The second violation found a gibbon housed by itself, with no access to other primates for interaction.

The Jan. 13 inspection report, recently made available to the public, states the alleged violations were found in a routine inspection.

Zoo Director Joe Clawson told the newspaper Thursday that both of the violations have been fixed.

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