Wednesday, January 01, 2003

CHIMP HAVEN TO BE COMPLETED IN LATE 2003

Veterans cemetery, chimp haven in sight
Don Walker / Staff Writer

The transformation of Eddie D. Jones Nature Park in south Caddo Parish into an 80-acre tract veteran's cemetery and a 200-acre haven for retired chimpanzees should be near completion by this time next year, parish officials said....

Parish Administrator Bill Hanna said the cemetery is expected to be ready in late 2003, with total development of the park completed in 2004.

That would include Chimp Haven, which received $18 million in financial backing from the federal government this past fall to establish a sanctuary for chimpanzees that have been retired from medical research, the entertainment industry or are no longer wanted as pets. Ultimately Chimp Haven will be home to an estimated 300 chimpanzees....