Two chimpanzees play in a newly decorated house at the Shanghai Zoo.
Shanghai, Nov. 22, (Xinhuanet) -- Three chimpanzees - two males and a female - at Shanghai Zoo moved into a newly decorated home yesterday morning.
It was part of a project, co-sponsored by the zoo and the "Roots & Shoots Education Program," a conservation body, to offer more wild space to chimps at the zoo.
The organization raised 480,000 yuan (US$57,831) for the project, while the zoo is responsible for the remaining 480,000 needed to establish a "chimp world."
Dr Jane Goodall, a famed British zoologist who founded Roots, opened the new home yesterday.
The 42-square-meter house features a steel emulational "tree" enveloped by brown cement, decorated as barks. Above the tree is a big net containing food and fruits.
Zoo chief Xiong Chengpei said they will build three more such homes for the zoo's 20-plus chimps.
"A wild environment, including forests and outdoor climbing poles, will be ready by May," said Steven Protz, designer of the chimp house. Enditem