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City of Kansas City, Mo.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 20, 2010
“Suko” the chimp to be housed at Kansas City Zoo
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Neighborhood and Community Services Department, Animal Health and Public Safety Division has made arrangements for “Suko” the chimpanzee to be housed at the Kansas City Zoo. Due to the animal’s history, and as provided under section 14-9 of the Kansas City Municipal Code, the animal will not be returned to the owner.
On Oct. 19, “Suko” was captured in the 7300 block of Indiana Avenue after it was reported running loose in the area. The chimpanzee was then transported to “Monkey Island,” a primate sanctuary in rural Jackson County.
The alleged owner of the chimpanzee, Mark Archigo, has been cited for violating section 14-9, which prohibits the possession of any non-human primate within the city limits of Kansas City, Mo. If convicted, the owner faces a fine up to $500 and up to 180 days in jail.
While the investigation is continuing it appears the same animal, while owned by the same person, has been impounded by the City in the past. In 1994 following section 14-9 of city code, and after the animal owner pleaded guilty, the animal was released with the requirement it be removed from the city within 48 hours. The same section also requires the animal to be properly moved if found in the city after this original order.
“It is in the best interest of the community and the animal for Suko to be housed at the zoo from here forward,” said David Park, director of the Neighborhood Community Services Department.
For more information, please contact Patrick Egberuare, manager of Animal Health and Public Safety, at 816-513-9009.