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September 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM
ELLENSBURG (AP) — Central Washington University’s last two remaining chimpanzees have arrived safely at their new home in Canada.
The director of Central’s Chimpanzee and Human Communications Institute accompanied Tatu and Loulis to the Fauna Foundation, a 200-acre sanctuary in Quebec.
The university says a primate veterinarian also flew with the chimps to monitor their vital signs. The animals were lightly sedated for the trip.
Tatu and Loulis, who learned to communicate via American Sign Language, will be gradually integrated with the 11 other chimpanzees at the sanctuary.
Gloria Grow, one of the caretakers at the Fauna Foundation, is an alumna of the CWU program, so the two chimpanzees can continue to communicate via sign language.
May 29, 2013 at 12:27 PM
ELLENSBURG (AP) — A nonprofit group plans to move the two remaining chimpanzees at Central Washington University in Ellensburg to a sanctuary in Canada.
The Friends of Washoe group owns the chimps at the university’s Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute.
Chairman Greg Beach told The Daily Record of Ellensburg for a story Wednesday that the decision was made due to the chimps’ age and the declining population there.
Thirty-five-year-old Loulis and 37-year-old Tatu are the last two chimps at the center. Beach says chimpanzees are highly social animals that should live in groups.
The chimps will be moved to the Fauna Foundation Sanctuary in Quebec, Canada when the necessary permits are acquired.
Beach says the move is permanent and that Friends of Washoe doesn’t plan to bring more chimpanzees to Ellensburg.
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