Chimpanzee Ingrid


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Most of the ex-lab chimpanzees were stolen from the jungle as baby apes and had to watch their families being killed. Once in Austria, they were kept in an experimental laboratory for 30 years, without contact with conspecifics in a very small space. Animal experiments on apes have been banned in Austria since 1997. Since then, the chimpanzees have been reclaiming their lives. The management and care of the animals was handed over to the Safari Park in Gänserndorf, which finally went bankrupt in 2004. At that time, their fate was uncertain. In 2009 they were taken over by Gut Aiderbichl and have been under our protection ever since. Ingrid became a very reserved chimpanzee during research. For a very long time, she did not even let herself be touched by her conspecifics. In the meantime, she loves to play and laughs a lot. She is still rather reserved and also moody, it takes her a long time to build up trust. Ingrid loves to use tools and is incredibly patient and persistent. When she is unsure, she retreats to the highest place in the living room. Recently she has started to venture a few steps into the outdoor area. But only when she feels unobserved. Very slowly she offers something like a new trust to life.

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