The man behind the allegations is a fringe activist named Russ Rector. He is a well-known crank that most responsible reporters have learned to ignore. Even other activists criticize Rector.
Rector has proclaimed dolphins more dangerous than sharks.
When he didn't get his way with the late Gov. Lawton Chiles, Rector told a reporter that when Chiles had his heart attack: "I hope it hurt when Lawton Chiles was laying on the ground dying." (New Times July 8, 1999)
Rector has vowed to close down the Palm Beach Zoo. It is a vow he makes about all his imagined enemies.
He brags about contacting WPEC and says that he was "directing" one of the zoo's employees and "she did everything I asked her to do. He also acknowledged that, "I was setting you up."
This and a great deal more information was offered to WPEC. They refused to hear, see or read any additional information that we offered to provide.