Press Release: 01/10/2013

Update on Caiman Seized in Investigation

Nicky Mora, Senior Manager, Marketing/PR
(510) 632-9525 x130

Oakland, CA January 10, 2013

On Tuesday, January 8, 2013, Alameda County Sherrifs contacted Oakland Zoo about a dwarf caiman that was seized during a probation compliance check. The five-foot long caiman, which resembles an alligator, arrived at the Zoo critically ill and non-responsive. Veterinary staff examined the animal, took blood samples, and determined his prognosis was poor. On the morning of Thursday, January 10, 2013, Zoo veterinarian Dr. Karen Emanuelson confirmed the caiman expired overnight.

Caimans are native to tropical regions of Central and South America, where they live near rivers, streams, and bodies of water. Caimans average about four to six feet in length. They resemble alligators in appearance and have long, thick tails and elongated snouts.


The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks.