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 and 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. Their management and care was handed over to the Safari Park in Gänserndorf, which finally went bankrupt in 2004. Since then, their fate was uncertain. In 2009, they were taken over by Gut Aiderbichl from a bankruptcy estate and since then they have been under our protection. Kathi is an energetic playmate, especially for Fips and Betty. She suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and when she was stressed she used to lose her hair. But in the meantime, she has grown a nicer coat - a sure sign that she now suffers much less from stress and anxiety than before. Kathi is wise, tolerant and displays high social behaviour. She tries to de-escalate arguments and takes great care of Babby Boy, the weakest in the group. Slowly, she is learning how to use the outdoor facilities - every day one step more, that is her motto!
An animal sponsorship for our chimpanzees is possible from 15 euros per month. As a chimpanzee sponsor you have the exclusive advantage of visiting the Gut Aiderbichl monkey sanctuary. All other advantages can be found HERE.
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