Vanilla The Chimp Video Experiences The Sky For The First Time
Vanilla the chimpanzee, a 29-year-old survivor of New York’s Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP), recently experienced a life-changing moment when she encountered the open sky for the first time.
The heartwarming moment was captured on video at the Save the Chimps sanctuary in Fort Pierce, Florida, where Vanilla now resides.
Prior to her arrival at the sanctuary, Vanilla had spent her entire life confined to a 5-foot-square cage or a small enclosure. She was originally a resident of the infamous LEMSIP, which closed its doors in 1997.
At the age of 2, Vanilla and a group of chimpanzees were transferred to California, where they lived in a larger enclosure at a refuge. Sadly, the refuge closed in 2019 and faced the threat of wildfires.
Last year, thanks to the efforts of the chimpanzee sanctuary, Vanilla and her companions were transported to Florida via FedEx. The sanctuary provides a safe and secure environment for chimpanzees that have been rescued from laboratories, zoos, and other inhumane conditions.
The touching moment of Vanilla’s first encounter with the open sky was captured on camera, showcasing her awe and wonderment at her new surroundings. It is a reminder of the importance of treating animals with kindness and respect, and providing them with the care and compassion they deserve. The Save the Chimps sanctuary is doing its part to ensure that chimpanzees like Vanilla can live out their lives in peace and freedom.
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Dr. Andrew Halloran react vanilla the chimp video
Dr. Andrew Halloran shared a heartwarming video at a primatology symposium showing Vanilla the chimpanzee being warmly welcomed by the alpha male of her new group at the Save the Chimps sanctuary. The video is a testament to chimpanzees’ resilience and the importance of providing them with naturalistic environments. The symposium provides a platform for experts to share the latest developments in primate conservation, welfare, and behavior.
Halloran shared, “Vanilla is setting very well. When she’s not exploring the island with her friends, she can usually be found perched atop a three-story climbing platform surveying her new world.”
“In California, Vanilla lived with a handful of chimps inside a chain-like fence cage with no grass and very little enrichment.” (New York Post)
Vanilla’s new home at the Save the Chimps sanctuary spans 150 acres and houses 226 chimpanzees rescued from various backgrounds. Many of them have experienced solitary confinement and have never interacted with other chimpanzees before.
The sanctuary provides a safe environment for them to form social bonds and engage in natural behaviors. Through education and advocacy, the sanctuary raises awareness about the threats chimpanzees face in the wild.
Vanilla is adapting well to her new environment at the Save the Chimps sanctuary and gets along with all 18 chimps on her island, including the alpha male Dwight. She enjoys exploring the lush island and observing the world from atop a tall climbing platform. The sanctuary’s approach to matching chimpanzee communities is rooted in evaluating their unique personalities and social dynamics. The sanctuary aims to provide a safe and secure environment where chimpanzees can live with dignity and respect.