Chimpanzee Martha

Chimpanzee

  • Colour:
    Black
  • Gender:
    Female
  • Star sign:
    Capricorn
  • Birthday:
    01.01.1978
  • Entry date:
    10.12.2009
  • Location:
    Monkey Refuge

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, 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. Martha's character has changed very positively. She has completely conquered the living space and maintains intensive social contact with Clyde. Martha even forces him to be affectionate with her. Sometimes she is jealous of Pünktchen. Her limited motor skills have also improved considerably. She has become braver, more active in the group, looks for friends on her own and has overcome her fears over time. Martha was the first to go into the outdoor area and enjoys being outside. She loves to forage in the tree holes and thinks she is undetected and unobserved.

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