U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Seeks Public Input on Numerous Applications for Permission to Experiment On, Import, or Export Protected Species

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) published notice that it has received the following Endangered Species Act permit applications:

  • FWS seeks renewal of a permit to import live Mexican or lobo wolves for breeding and habitat reintroduction as part of the agency’s Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project;
  • Yerkes Primate Research Center at Emory University, a facility that has faced numerous citations and penalties for serious violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, is seeking a permit to harm and harass captive-bred sooty mangabeys through invasive procedures to collect blood, skin, and bone marrow samples over a five-year period;
  • North Georgia Zoo in Cleveland, Georgia, is seeking a permit to purchase four captive-bred African penguins from Tanganyika Park, a roadside zoo in Goddard, Kansas, that supplies zoos, roadside menageries, entertainers, and the exotic pet trade;
  • Miami-Dade Zoological Park seeks a permit to export three clouded leopards to the Singapore Zoo; and
  • Tanganyika Park seeks a permit to import three captive-bred lar gibbons from Nature Resource Network in the Czech Republic.

FWS is accepting public comments on the applications through May 11, 2022.