Sunday, January 19, 2003

QATAR MAY RETURN CHIMPANZEE TO AFRICA

Chimp likely to be sent home

DOHA: The Supreme Council for the Environment and Natural Reserves (SCENR) is keen to have a confiscated chimpanzee sent back to its native Africa.

The council has responded very positively to a request from the Zambia-based Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage to give it a permanent home....

"The zoo authorities, of course, are always happy to have additions to their collection of animals. I think they would be a bit hesitant to let go of the chimp, but we will definitely manage to get their consent if somebody can make the arrangements to get the animal a permanent home in its own habitat," said Ghanem Abdullah.

He made it clear that the SCENR would not be in a position to bear the expenses involved in transporting the chimpanzee to Africa....