Giant Monkey Warns Tourists Away From Tregembo Animal Park

For Immediate Release:
May 26, 2022

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Wilmington, N.C. – Memorial Day travelers will get a glimpse into a monkey’s dismal life at Tregembo Animal Park, courtesy of a sky-high message from PETA that just went up right down the street from it. The can’t-miss plea shows a monkey imprisoned behind rusty metal bars at the roadside zoo—which has a long history of neglecting injured animals—and calls on the public to stay away.

“Tregembo confines wild animals to cramped enclosures, where they pace endlessly and harm themselves in despair,” says PETA Foundation Associate Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Michelle Sinnott. “PETA urges everyone to steer clear of this hellhole and choose animal-free entertainment during the holiday weekend and all summer long.”

Neglect runs rampant at Tregembo, where animals have been seen struggling to walk as a result of severely overgrown hooves, suffering from open wounds or hair loss, and limping or showing other signs of arthritis. Big cats are often seen pacing, and a capuchin monkey and a macaque have been observed attacking themselves—all signs of severe psychological distress, likely from being confined to barren, cramped cages.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Tregembo over its rusty enclosures and failure to seek veterinary care for sick animals, including a bear named Ben, who suffered from severe lesions on his eyes, nose, and mouth. Following a lawsuit filed against the facility by North Carolina animal advocates, PETA rescued Ben and another bear, named Bogey—who had paced incessantly in a cramped, concrete-floored cell—and arranged for their transport to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado, where they now enjoy swimming, foraging, and living in comfort.

PETA’s billboard is located at 5941 Carolina Beach Rd., less than a quarter-mile from Tregembo.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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