Confiscated Marmosets Find New Home In Gainesville
Two monkeys traveled over 700 miles to get to their new home here in Gainesville, after a Kentucky woman bought them in Florida, but took them back to Kentucky illegally.
Two-year-old Momo and 13-month-old Gizmo will have to settle for their new pad in northwest Gainesville at Jungle Friends Sanctuary.
The marmoset monkeys arrived Saturday night from Kentucky's prime rescue center.
"They were actually purchased by a breeder in Florida and then taken across the state lines and housed illegally and were found out about and were confiscated," Jungle Friends Owner Kari Bagnall said.
According to Kentucky State Statue, it is illegal to import inherently dangerous wildlife. Animals such as alligators, bears, elephants and monkeys.
The woman, who bought Momo and Gizmo, had to pay a fine.
Bagnall said until the punishment is more severe, people will continue to purchase exotic animals without knowing what they're getting into.
Along with the other 120 monkeys on the 12-acre property, Momo and Gizmo now have more room to play, and meet other primates.
The cost of a live infant monkey can start at around $2,000. But, Florida law requires a person to have a license before they can house a monkey.
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