Sunday, November 07, 2004


Party is over for Bobbie
One of Auckland Zoo's original "tea party" chimps has died aged 50.

Bobbie the chimpanzee had lived at Auckland Zoo since he arrived as a 2-year-old in 1956 with three other chimps from Regents Park Zoo in London.

The four - Bobbie, Minnie, Josie and Janie - got their nickname from the tea parties they held to entertain the crowds.

The practice was common in many zoos at the time but stopped in 1963 after attitudes to the treatment of animals in captivity changed.

Janie is now the only one of the original four still alive....