Local zoo looking for stolen exotic animals

Greenview Aviaries Park Zoo. Photo via Greenview Aviaries Park Zoo

Chatham-Kent police are trying to find several exotic animals that were stolen from Greenview Aviaries Park and Zoo in Morpeth.

Police said a Squirrel Monkey, a Lemur, a red Eclectus Parrot, a lime green Eclectus Parrot, and two Umbrella Cockatoos were taken during three separate occasions between October 2021 and November 2021 when someone forced their way into buildings on the property.

Co-owner Brian Daly said the animals were in locked cages in a locked barn and the locks were cut with bolt cutters.

“They’re probably stealing them to sell them I guess,” said Daly. “If you can get them back to me I’d love it.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Steve Donald at stevend@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 mailbox #84980. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Meanwhile, the 50 acre zoo on Talbot Trail is up for sale for $4.5 million, but the pandemic didn’t force the sale.

Daly said this past season has been the busiest of the last two years. He said the plan is to reopen the zoo in May of 2022 if the pandemic allows it and if it’s not sold by then. As far as what the potential new owners might do is anybody’s guess.

“The pandemic has actually boosted our business,” he said. “I guess you could change it but I don’t know why you would want to if you’re buying a zoo,” added Daly.

Daly is in his 60s, has worked at the zoo for 38 years, and said it’s time to retire if a new owner is found.

“A couple of young families might be just be the perfect thing,” he said.