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Although we specialise in the care and protection of primates we cannot stand by and see other animals in need of help. You will therefore find wolf dogs, horses, donkeys, cattle, pigs, and others at our sanctuary.
At Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary we regularly receive requests from people who have animals in need of a new home.
Great Ape Project – GAP is an international movement created in 1994. The main purpose is to guarantee the basic rights to life, freedom and non-
Today the International Great Ape Project, consisting of independent institutions in Brazil, Chile, Córd d'Ivoire, Germany, Mexico, Spain and Uruguay, has a new and therefore eighth national chapter: United Kingdom.
The Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary (WAMS) has joined the Great Ape Project as a separate UK section.
This is especially important for the German and Spanish GAP-
WAMS has all the necessary licenses to import primates from abroad to the United Kingdom and to keep them permanently. In contrast to the three other centers for primates in Europe, the WAMS pursues a strict no-
WAMS is personally known to us: some time ago we were involved in the transfer of two chimpanzees from the Zoo Delbrück to Wales
(see: https://www.greatapeproject.de/delbrck/ ). The founders and trustees of WAMS -
Please welcome the new GAP Chapter
We have joined the Great Ape Project
Bili the Bonobo at Wuppertal Zoo February 2019
Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary wishes to make a number of points concerning the welfare of Bili, and the prospects for a pain-
It should be stated at the outset that Bili’s welfare is our only concern, which we hope is also the case for all parties involved in his welfare. This is not a matter of egos, policies, profit or of programmes. All that matters is making Bili's life not only tolerable, but a happy and healthy one.
Some weeks ago, Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary was asked by various concerned animal welfare activists if we could, and would be prepared to, provide a home – a sanctuary – for Bili, after his distress and suffering was made public. No-
Our aim has never been to ‘demand’ that Bili moves to a safe haven at Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary, rather that we are prepared, and happy, to provide Bili with sanctuary, and to give him the quality of life that he deserves. Founder and trustee of Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary, Graham Garen, informed Wuppertal Zoo’s press officer of this at a brief meeting recently, so that this point would be completely clear.
Demonstration outside Wuppertal on Feb 10th
Millions of people have been moved by the sight of Bili being beaten, bitten and mauled by his fellow apes in the enclosure at the zoo. There have been heart-
Subsequently hundreds of thousands of animal lovers across Europe and beyond have taken to social media, engaged in direct contact and direct action to try and ensure that Bili's life is happy, and free from pain and fear.
Clearly, from even the most recent videos and reports, his integration is not proving to be a success, and our concern is that Bili continues to be attacked and injured. It is also clear that many hundreds of thousands of people feel a continuing and growing outrage at the conditions that he is being kept in.
Our view is that Wuppertal Zoo is not adequately designed to be able to give Bili the space that he needs in order to effect a proper integration into his group – he has not been able to, as he would in the wild, escape, with the results that millions of people have now seen and been distressed and angered by.
At Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary, we have a strict protocol which we observe for ALL integrations and socialisations. This integration has to evolve over a period of time, and anyone who understands primate behaviour would know that this is the safe way to do it.
We are happy to offer Bili an alternative if he cannot be successfully integrated in a timely manner -
Our animals are not exhibits, tourist attractions, profit centres, etc -
Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary would like to ask Wuppertal Zoo when they last had a full inspection bv Zoo Inspectors. Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary’s last inspection took place at the end of July 2018, which resulted in an excellent report. Our Zoo Inspector’s reports are extremely due to our position as a Sanctuary. All Sanctuaries in the UK with exotic species, if they are open to the public, require a Zoo Licence -
We would now like to bring to your attention several inaccuracies which appear to have originated with Wuppertal Zoo and/or EAZA. We assume that these inaccuracies were errors and not intended to denigrate or question the expertise of Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary, so welcome the opportunity to correct these errors. We would also like to take this opportunity to respond publicly to ‘concerns’ which were raised by the same organisations, after we had responded positively to the call to help Bili.
With apes alone, Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary has successfully integrated nine times without aggression and bullying, in addition to the two brothers -
We have never said that Bili would be kept at Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary in isolation for his whole life. Neither did we say that he would be kept with spider monkeys. These allegations are clear misrepresentations of the truth by Wuppertal and EAZA. Instead of attacking the experience, integrity and expertise of Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary, we feel that effort would be better expended in helping Bili, as – to restate our position – this is the only thing that should matter in this case. We hope that Wuppertal Zoo and EAZA agree,
The Great Ape Project – GAP -
Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary has joined the Great Ape Project as a separate UK section. This is especially important for the German and Spanish GAP-
In addition, we have a much better position in dealing with veterinary authorities when it comes to the official seizure of primates. Until now, both zoo and circus operators as well as the respective competent authorities were able to reject our claims, even in the case of clearest violations of the animal welfare law. There was simply no suitable place where the animals could have been permanently rehomed. Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary has all the necessary licenses to import primates from abroad to the United Kingdom and to keep them permanently. In contrast to the three other centres for primates in Europe, Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary pursues a strict no-
It has been reported that it was suggested by the Director of Wuppertal Zoo that if Bili’s integration continued to be unsuccessful, that ‘euthanasia’ might be an option. This is an abhorrent suggestion, cruel and unnecessary. We hope that the Director was quoted incorrectly, because to even consider this, particularly when there is a sanctuary ready to take him and care for him in a stress-
We reiterate that Bili’s welfare is the sole issue at stake, and we hope that all parties will endeavour to find a solution that is best for Bili, not because it is best for them.