Man arrested in connection with tamarin monkey case at Dallas Zoo

Update: February 3, 2023, at 4:15 pm

Davion Irvin also has been charged with two counts of burglary to a building. 

These charges are in connection to the clouded leopard and tamarin monkey cases. 

The investigation into the death of the vulture is ongoing and Irvin is not linked to this case at this time. 

Irvin has been linked with to the clouded leopard, langur monkey and tamarin monkey case. 

Clarification: Earlier it was reported one burglary charge was tied to the langur monkey case. The charges are in connection to the clouded leopard and tamarin monkeys.

The investigation has linked Irvin to the langur case. 

Further charges are possible. 

Original Post: February 3, 2023 at 8:06 am

On February 2, 2023, Dallas Police arrested Davion Irvin, 24, in connection with the case involving emperor tamarin monkeys at the Dallas Zoo.

The preliminary investigation and help from the public identified Irvin as the man Dallas Police were looking to speak with regarding the missing monkeys at the Dallas Zoo.

On Thursday, Dallas Police received a tip Irvin was seen at the Dallas World Aquarium near animal exhibits.

When officers responded they saw Irvin get onto a DART rail. Officers later spotted Irvin in the 1400 block of Pacific and took him to Jack Evans Headquarters for questioning.

Irvin has been charged with six counts of Animal Cruelty- non-livestock.

The charges are in connection to the tamarin monkey case.

The investigation into all cases at the zoo are ongoing and further charges are possible.

Irvin was taken to the Dallas County Jail.