In this section Alan talks about the National Zoo - Smithsonian Institution and some of the practices that were involved in.
Their website here
- They needed to dispose of unwanted monkeys, so a keeper for the zoo would drive them to an uncredited zoo near Camp David MD. This zoo who repeatedly failed inspection reports by Animal Welfare.
- They retired it's herd of East Asian Silka deer
who were sent off to a Virginia roadside zoo known for their frequent escapes, endless complaints of mistreatment, and carcasses disposed of in public trash cans.
- They sent a brown Bear to William Vergis (Studio Animal Rentals) which he used for a westling bear act. (I personally had an encounter with Bill Vergis and I can only say this, a horrible horrible man). Shortly afterwards the USDA took his animal exhibitors license away and charging him with mistreatment of bears.
- They also sold a rare Muntjac deer in 1977 (barking Deer)
- National Zoo Conservation and Research Center sent a couple of Oryx
to the International Animal Exchange, which were considered upstanding(?) by much of the zoo community. They then shipped them to Henry Hampton
- 2 More African antelopes went to the Bamberger Ranch in Texas who ran an Oryx breeding program for the AZA (American Zoological Association). From there they were sent to a Florida Ranch where Wild Safari's "Surplus" were sent to die.