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Audubon Zoo says bye to two endangered apes

3 years 3 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, June 07 2017 Jun 7, 2017 June 07, 2017 8:22 AM June 07, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- Two of Audubon Zoo’s popular primates will be leaving New Orleans soon as part of a strategy forged with fellow accredited facilities of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to maintain a healthy and genetically diverse population of gorillas and orangutans in human care. Species Survival Plans (SSPs) serve as a safeguard for animals facing extinction in the wild.

Casey, a male western lowland silverback gorilla who came to Audubon in 2002, will be sent to the Louisville Zoo on June 12. Berani, a male Sumatran orangutan who has been at Audubon since 2001, is scheduled to move to the Denver Zoo on June 23.

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