Officials at the Dallas Zoo have worked with local law enforcement to investigate the “unusual” death of the endangered vulture, after other incidents deemed suspicious at the zoo. The animal, named Ping, belongs to an endangered species of bird called the Lappet-faced Vulture, and has lived in zoos for 33 years.report.
announcing the death of a bird Facebook The Dallas Zoo said in a post over the weekend that officials do not believe Ping died of “natural causes.” Dallas Zoo president and CEO Greg Hudson said at a news conference Monday that a vulture found dead in its enclosure by park staff would ultimately prove fatal. It was revealed that the injury was intentional.
“This ranges from malicious to really dangerous criminal intent,” Hudson told reporters at a news conference. “I have been working with zoos for over 30 years and have never had a situation like what happened on Saturday. It is unprecedented and very disturbing.”
The Dallas Police Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have launched multi-agency investigations into the killing of Pin and other relatively non-violent acts that have rocked the sprawling wildlife park in recent weeks. According to CBS DFW, the zoo is offering him a $10,000 bounty for anyone who can provide information leading to an arrest or prosecution.
“This weekend, our staff found one of the endangered vultures dead in its African wilderness habitat. It’s heartbreaking and please keep them in mind while they process what happened,” he said in a Facebook post shared on Sunday.
“The circumstances of the death are unusual and the death does not appear to be of natural causes,” the post continued. Until we have more time to investigate this matter, we cannot share many details.”
About a week before Ping died, the Dallas Zoo asked police for help when a clouded leopard disappeared after its enclosure was destroyed.said an official at the time. The leopard, named Nova, was found and within a day of the incident he was safely returned to a separate enclosure near his usual habitat. However, the zoo noted that questions remain as to who was responsible and whether they pierced the monkey’s enclosure elsewhere on the property.
The Dallas Zoo said on Facebook, “Over the past week, we have added cameras throughout the zoo and increased nightly on-site security patrols.” We will continue to implement and expand our safety and security measures.”
Lappet-faced vultures like Ping are declining in numbers due to “poisoning and human persecution”, as well as many other threats such as electrocution, drowning in reservoirs, collisions with power lines and habitat destruction. facing a decline. peregrine foundationa non-profit conservation organization.
“Death is always hard, but this one is especially hard,” said Harrison Edel, executive vice president of animal protection at the Dallas Zoo. may even become extinct,” he said.
CBS News reached out to the Dallas Zoo for additional comment on Ping’s death but did not immediately receive a response.