Chimpanzee Lingoa


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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. Since 1997, animal experiments on apes have been banned in Austria and 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 have been under our protection ever since. Lingoa is blind on her left eye due to an obviously unattended injury. After several unsuccessful attempts to group her together with Peter, she came to the Moritz group in 2006, where she immediately felt at home. Not least because of the help of Anton, who was her protector in the beginning and protected her as a newcomer from the others. Little by little a friendship with Xsara developed as well. Lingoa also cares a lot about Moritz and always tries to make physical contact with him. She is also at his side in conflicts, trying to redirect and thus resolve disputes in the group. Lingoa is a very precise observer. She notices every change immediately and her quick perception impresses her caregivers every day. The day the sliders opened to the outside for the first time, she impressed with daring walks on the tree trunks.

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