Friday, October 08, 2004


Zoo welcomes cheeky chimps

Sally and Suzy were sussing out their new home, complete with ropes, benches, races and straw, yesterday.

The chimpanzee sisters have come down from Auckland to take up residence in their specially designed enclosure at Hamilton Zoo.

Four other chimps – Mike, Lucy, Luka and Lucifer – also made the trip and for the next week will be settling in before moving outside.

Auckland Zoo senior primate keeper Christine Tintinger said Hamilton Zoo's facilities were fantastic.

"They have dens in case the chimps get sick or they're breeding....

Ms Tintinger said chimps were extremely intelligent but got bored very easily, and when that happened they became naughty....

I'd be bored too if I was locked up a zoo.