Judge Orders Iowa Zoo to Remove Tigers, Lemurs

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Cricket Hollow Zoo

MANCHESTER, Iowa — A federal judge is ordering an Iowa zoo to give up seven wild animals the court claims were not properly being cared for.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the owners of Cricket Hollow Zoo near Manchester, claiming it violated the endangered species act. The zoo was home to four tigers and three lemurs.

On Thursday, a judge ordered those animals be moved within 90 days to a new home licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The judge cited poor sanitation and lack of medical care at the zoo violate the Endangered Species Act.

The owners of the zoo are also barred from keeping any exotic animals in the future.