Alison and Donald get a rare look into the world of private monkey owners. They head to the bayous of Louisiana, a state that bans primate ownership, to meet two owners, Donita and Jim Clark, who have gone into hiding. Despite having special permits allowing them to stay within the state, they believe they have been unfairly targeted by the government. Alison and Donald get a tour of their amazing house, which is basically a massive monkey cage. It’s the greatest enclosure they’ve ever seen. But there are no monkeys. The Clarks had been tipped off that there was going to be an inspection on their house and fearing confiscation, they packed their monkeys into an RV and drove them across the state border.
Alison and Donald head into Texas and find that these monkeys, who used to live in the best possible home enclosure, now live in small cramped cages in a tiny RV. By Donita’s own admission, the health of the monkeys is deteriorating. The hosts learn that Louisiana regulates monkeys by implanting microchips in their necks that link them to registered documents. Supposedly someone launched a complaint against Donita stating that the Clarks cut open a dead monkey and took out its specialized microchip and implanted it in an illegal monkey to avoid the state’s ban on new monkey sales.
The Clarks continually back-pedal when questioned about why the state would be after them. Donald and Alison definitely think something is up, so they get a vet to come to the RV and scan the four monkeys to prove the monkeys are legal and documented. But the plot thickens when only three of the four microchips can be validated. The fourth one is an outdated microchip that needs a different scanner. It doesn’t prove the monkey is illegal, but it’s suspicious that the youngest monkey has the oldest chip.
Alison also learns that Louisiana has no outstanding inspections on the Clarks and welcome them back to the state as long as they file the proper permits, which the Clarks have yet to do.
Alison and Donald tell the Clarks to take their monkeys out of the RV and put them back in their healthy enclosure in Louisiana, but suspiciously the Clarks refuse. Donald and Alison offer to relocate their monkeys to a sanctuary while the Clarks get set up in Texas, but again they refuse. Will Alison and Donald leave empty handed?
Tune in the the series premiere of Animal Intervention: RV Monkeys tonight at 9P on Nat Geo WILD.