The Las Vegas Zoo has closed its doors forever, with the final five residents leaving the property today. The NAPSA secured emergency sanctuary placement for five primates who lived at the Las Vegas Zoo for decades. Last week, the troubled zoo found itself needing to close on very short notice. NAPSA was asked by the USDA to assist in the placement of the primate residents. A chimpanzee named Terry, who lived by himself for nearly 20 years, and 4 Barbary macaques, monkeys who are native to Morocco, left the zoo today on their way to permanent sanctuary.
NAPSA members Primate Rescue Center, Inc, and Save the Chimps, Inc. stepped in within hours of the appeal with a commitment to rescue these individuals. The two sanctuaries are cooperating to transport the monkeys and chimpanzee across the country to their new homes in Kentucky and Florida. Follow updates from the road at our Facebook page.
Terry will move to Save the Chimps, the world's largest chimpanzee sanctuary, located in Ft. Pierce, Florida. He has lived alone since his chimpanzee companion Simon died in 1995. Save the Chimps hopes to introduce Terry to another recently-rescued male chimpanzee with a similar age and history. It is hoped that Terry and his new chimpanzee friend will join a larger social group in the future.
The Barbary macaques - who were all born in Las Vegas - will be relocated to the Primate Rescue Center in Kentucky, a sanctuary whose specialty is caring for macaques and other Old World primates.
The unfortunate situation at the Las Vegas Zoo is a reminder of how critical long-term sustainability is for all facilities providing care to primates. Chimpanzees and monkeys are long-lived and require significant resources for their lifetime care. NAPSA sanctuaries are professionally run, fully licensed, and accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). Strategic and financial planning for future sustainability is required of all accredited GFAS sanctuaries.