Endangered lions, tigers, lemurs, birds moved from Pymatuning Deer Park
Eight animals that once roamed Pymatuning Deer Park in Jamestown, Pennsylvania now have new homes out west after being sued by animal rights groups.
According to documents filed in U.S. District Court, the owner of the animal park has transferred a tiger, two lions, two lemurs, and three birds to sanctuaries out west.
The transfers are the result of a lawsuit filed against the park by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Animal Defense Fund.
The PETA complaint alleged that Nila, a tiger, two lions, Buddy and Missy, two ring-tailed lemurs, a military macaw, a blue and gold macaw, and a Mikado pheasant are endangered and protected under federal law.
The big cats are now at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado. The birds and lemurs are at the sanctuary’s facility in Boyd, Texas.
The park has also agreed to no longer accept endangered animals.
A news release from PETA says park officials have agreed to transfer a bear named Bosco to one of the cat enclosures that is now available.
"At The Wild Animal Sanctuary, these rescued animals will be able to stretch their wings and legs, experience naturalistic habitats, and finally enjoy their lives," says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel for Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet.
While PETA and the Animal Legal Defense Fund say they will continue to pursue claims, attorneys for the park argue now that the endangered animals have been transferred, the court no longer has jurisdiction in the case.
It was one year ago this month that two animals died when a fire broke out in two enclosures at the park.
Below is a statement from the park:
The Park does not comment on active litigation. The Park is focused on preparing the park for the upcoming 2022 season. We are continually focused on improving the care of our animals. We look forward to welcoming visitors to the Park this Spring.