(ANIMAL RESCUE/ANIMAL VIDEO/CHIMPANZEES) After years of being kept in isolation in a tiny, barren cell at Chestatee Wildlife Preserve Zoo, a roadside zoo in Georgia, 32-year-old chimpanzee Iris is no longer alone. Now, Iris is being introduced to other chimpanzees at her new home at Save the Chimps sanctuary in Fort Pierce, Florida, and will soon have the opportunity to live in a large family group on one of the sanctuary’s lush green island homes.
“This once lonely chimpanzee’s story has a happy ending, but animals in squalid roadside zoos still need help, including those who are still at Chestatee,” says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders. “PETA is calling on families to stay far away from roadside zoos—and on the authorities to take immediate action against Chestatee.”
PETA not only negotiated for Iris’ rescue, but they also submitted formal complaints to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources over the numerous alleged violations at Chestatee. Click here for more information on Iris’ rescue. — Global Animal