September 25, 2023

The Justice Division and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico on behalf of the Puerto Rico Section of Justice and the Puerto Rico Section of Environment and Natural Methods (DENR) have reached an settlement to make certain the overall health and safety of the animals housed at the former Dr. Juan A. Rivero Zoo and the Centro de Detención en Cambalache (Cambalache). Under the arrangement, the somewhere around 500 animals at present housed at the Zoo and Cambalache will be relocated within just the following 6 months to amenities that are equipped and well prepared to humanely and correctly house and treatment for the animals.

The Justice Section not long ago arranged, with the support and coordination of DENR, for experts from the Wild Animal Sanctuary to finish an stock and evaluation of the problems of the animals at the Zoo and Cambalache. Centered on the data gathered during these evaluations, the Wild Animal Sanctuary is producing a program for the transfer of all of the animals housed at the Zoo and at Cambalache to sanctuaries and other proper services in the continental United States. The Wild Animal Sanctuary operates four wildlife sanctuaries in Colorado and Texas, encompassing a lot more than 33,000 acres, and will help in relocating the animals from the Zoo and Cambalache to these and other amenities, as needed and correct, to quickly tackle their urgent wellbeing and safety requirements.

As element of the joint initiatives amongst federal and nearby agencies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Provider has by now eradicated a bald eagle, a golden eagle, two good horned owls, a purple tail hawk, and two snakes. More transfers are predicted in the approaching months.

“We acknowledge the cooperation of Secretary Anais Rodríguez Vega who has manufactured a laudable determination to improve the health and fitness and welfare of the animals at the Zoo and Cambalache by doing work alongside federal businesses to relocate them to places all through the United States,” claimed U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow for the District of Puerto Rico. “We will continue to assist the efforts to expeditiously rescue all the animals according to the tips for relocation to be designed by the veterinary gurus introduced to Puerto Rico by the Wild Animal Sanctuary.” 

“We deeply enjoy the operate of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in collaboration with Puerto Rico environmental and justice authorities to facilitate the transfer of these animals to a vacation spot in which their well being and security wants can be fulfilled,” said Assistant Attorney Common Todd Kim of the Justice Department’s Atmosphere and Purely natural Means Division.   

Assistant U.S. Lawyer Jonathan Gottfried for the District of Puerto Rico and Senior Trial Attorney Mary Hollingsworth and Trial Lawyers Kamela Caschette, Briena Strippoli and Matthew Morris of the Atmosphere and Pure Sources Division are dealing with this matter. The Justice Office worked closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the Section of Agriculture’s Office environment of Inspector General and Investigative and Enforcement Providers to obtain this successful resolution.