Date: May 19, 2010
Author: Steve Ross
All over this country, chimpanzees are housed as pets and entertainers, living in people’s homes, garages and basements. They are victims of their own dichotomies: incredibly cute as infants, yet unmanageable and dangerous as adults.
It is not uncommon for well-intentioned owners to purchase chimpanzees as pets only to be forced into unmanageable circumstances when the chimpanzees grow into difficult, unpredictable adults. These chimpanzees are caught in an...
Date: Apr 21, 2010
Author: Vivian Vreeman
The year is 1959. Lincoln Park Zoo is looking to expand its animal collection, so it does what any zoo would do at that time: plan a collecting trip. A few zoo officials pack their bags and head off to Africa in hopes of finding a few more animals for the zoo’s collection. The destination of this particular trip is Kumasi, Ghana. The goal: to find chimpanzees.
In the 1940s and 50s, when zoos wanted to add to their animal collections, they just went out into the wild. With...