Judge orders new homes for endangered Manchester zoo animals

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Posted: Jun 17, 2016 5:37 PM

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has ordered endangered lemurs and tigers housed at a private northeast Iowa zoo to be moved within 30 days.

The order signed Friday by Chief Magistrate Judge Jon Stuart Scoles directs owners of Cricket Hollow Zoo near Manchester to move its lemurs to Special Memories Zoo in Hortonville, Wisconsin, and its tigers to the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point, Indiana.

The decision stems from a 2014 lawsuit filed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which alleged the zoo maintained deplorable living conditions. The fund's executive director, Stephen Wells, said he's disappointed about the decision. The group had recommended other locations for the animals. Wells said the group is evaluating legal options.

Cricket Hollow Zoo owners Pamela and Tom Sellner didn't immediately respond to a message.