Last 2 chimps from U.S. research lab arrive at Quebec sanctuary
Tatu and Loulis get their lunch from Lisa Wilding, a graduate student at Central Washington University's Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute, on April 12, 2013, in Ellensburg, Wash. They will now live on an 80-hectare sanctuary in Quebec. (Daily Record/Brian Myrick)
Published Tuesday, September 3, 2013 4:04PM EDT
ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- The last two remaining chimpanzees from a research centre in Washington state have arrived safely at their new home in Canada.
The director of Central Washington University's Chimpanzee and Human Communications Institute accompanied Tatu and Loulis to the Fauna Foundation, an 80-hectare sanctuary in Quebec.
The university says a primate veterinarian also flew with the chimps to monitor their vital signs.
The animals were lightly sedated for the trip.
Tatu and Loulis, who learned to communicate via American Sign Language, will be gradually integrated with the 11 other chimpanzees at the sanctuary.
Gloria Grow, one of the caretakers at the Fauna Foundation, is an alumna of the CWU program, so the two chimpanzees can continue to communicate via sign language.