ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque BioPark Zoo is ramping up security with guards and surveillance cameras after a rare Tasmanian devil named Jasper was killed in his enclosure last week.
A reward of $5,000 also has been announced for information leading to the arrest of any individuals connected to Jasper’s death.
“The mayor has made it a top priority for our BioPark,” Mayor Richard Berry’s chief of staff Gilbert Montaño told the Journal.
Jasper was found dead Wednesday morning and police believe someone intentionally killed him with a chunk of asphalt. A veterinary exam concluded Jasper died from a fractured skull and brain trauma, and a piece of asphalt was found nearby.
As of Monday, police had not identified a suspect, Albuquerque police spokesman Tanner Tixier said.