Keep an eye on this page for updates to do with our planned macaque development.
DZP have established links to AAP in Almere, Holland, with the hope to be able to work with them in the future.
"AAP is a European sanctuary that provides professional care, rehabilitation, and housing for exotic animals. For over thirty years, this not-for-profit organization has served as a safe haven for animals who came from illegal trade, research laboratories, circuses, illegal zoos, or from private people as exotic pets."
They rescue, rehabilitate and try to find permanent homes for the animals they rescue. On top of this they work to make the case for better animal legislation in Europe.
The image on the left is of some Chimpanzees at AAP. Sadly many of these have been subjected to lab research which means they can never be re-homed. On the right in an image of Sumnal, a crab-eating macaque that we hope to re-home as part of a group that AAP is currently working on rehabilitating made up from rescued lab animals and animals rescued from the pet trade. We are currently fundraising to build them a new enclosure where they can live out the rest of their days in peace.
Crab eating macaques naturally in the wild live near the shore and are called crab eating macaques as they eat crabs. They look for them in the water and actively like to swim for hunting food and for pleasure. Their enclosure will have a pool for them to enjoy.
We are very interested in having them at the Zoo as they are interesting from an evolutionary perspective. One of our research interests is the aquatic ape hypothesis which is the theory that modern humans spent a period of time adapting to a semi-aquatic existence and these macaques can be observed with regards to this research. We also hope to monitor them as part of our interest in proving the theory of mind of animals with the aim of improving animal welfare regulations.
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