Baboons have been returned to their enclosure and are safe

WHAT:We can confirm at 3:15 p.m. today (April 14, 2018) four baboons left their enclosure. Three of the baboons were able to get out of the perimeter fencing of Texas Biomedical Research Institute’s property. These three baboons were captured within 20 minutes or so of leaving their enclosure. The fourth baboon returned to the enclosure and has been accounted for. All of them have been seen by our veterinary staff and are well.

Our immediate concern has been for the safety of the animals, personnel and our neighbors in the surrounding area. Our animal capture team and entire animal care team acted diligently to locate, secure and account for all four baboons.

We are investingating how the baboons were able to get out of their enclosure to ensure this type of incident does not happen again

WHEN:April 14, 2018

3:15 p.m.

WHERE:Texas Biomedical Research Institute’s Southwest National Primate Research Center
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We have nearly 1100 baboons on the property that date back eight generations. These baboons are critical to biomedical research, particularly in chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, obesity and more.