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Reports say Baton Rouge Zoo not responsible for recent animal deaths

Reports from outside experts indicate that the Baton Rouge Zoo is not responsible for the deaths of several animals in the zoo’s care, according to a news release from the Recreations & Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge. The inspection studied the death of a Malayan tiger, two giraffes and three Guenons that died at the zoo earlier this year.

The reports, conducted by the American Association of Zoos, the United States Department of Agriculture and a long-time veterinarian each said that the zoo “did everything they could do” to care for the animals.

“The incidents of the last several months appear to be a string of unfortunate events that have no common thread. There did not appear to be a culture of laxity in the events that led to the giraffe deaths as the response to these events was swift and appropriate,” said the AZA audit team, according to the release.

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