ChimpCARE blog


  • Keo: Lincoln Park's Zoo oldest ape

    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...

  • Center for Great Apes: a safe haven for chimpanzees and orangutans

    Date: Mar 31, 2010
    Author: Vivian Vreeman

    A few weeks ago, I embarked on a trip to Florida with the intention of visiting a few facilities housing chimpanzees (and getting a little relief from the harsh Chicago winter). According to the Floridians it was the coldest winter in history, with temperatures in the 50s, but I appreciated the opportunity to wear my spring coat and relished the sun’s warmth on my...