Rescued apes get sanctuary on Island

By Matthew McKew

Sunday, February 16, 2014

 

Rescued apes get sanctuary on Island

Barbary macaques settling into their new home. Picture by Peter Boam.

RESCUED apes from across Europe have been given a new home at the Isle of Wight Owl and Monkey Haven in Newport.

Six Barbary macaques have been transported from a rescue home in the Netherlands, to the haven. They were all victims of the illegal pet trade and were introduced to their new home last month.

Kelly Wickes, of the sanctuary, said: "We are so excited by this. It has taken around a year to get everything ready. A team from the Netherlands were here for a few days to help them settle in."

Owner, Don Walser, said: "They’re such intelligent animals and they’ve been subjected to cruel conditions. The psychological impacts have been so severe that these animals have absolutely no chance of fending for themselves in the wild. They just wouldn’t survive."

Don hopes that by taking on these monkeys, the Dutch rescue centre will be able to save more.

Researchers from the University of Portsmouth hope to study the primates and compare their behaviour to the resident Rhesus macaques.

The apes are native to Northern Africa and famous for occupying the Rock of Gibraltar.

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Keven Ball

19th February 2014, at 18:44:24

I won't, lol

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by Keven Ball

19th February 2014, at 18:44:23

I won't, lol

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by James McAdder

17th February 2014, at 07:17:29

They are actually monkeys, not apes, despite their other common name of Barbary Ape.

There are 5 families of true apes. Gibbons, Orangutans, Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Humans.

There is some confusion, however on the classification of Trolls. Many consider them to be a lower form of ape, but the consensus is moving towards them being a highly evolved mollusc as they are often seen consorting with other members of that phylum.

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by Mike Crowe

16th February 2014, at 19:19:16

A "Royal" Association? Good idea Chris. I will have words in the right direction.

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by Jack Tarr

16th February 2014, at 18:50:18

Mike, some will hang around here and try and con islanders into setting up a Royal Snail Association club in somewhere like Shanklin.

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by Mike Crowe

16th February 2014, at 18:09:02

and will get back North of the border by their own effort rather than by train ..........

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by alan naylor

16th February 2014, at 17:25:18

Lee Scotish snails are trying to break away fron IOW snails

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by alan naylor

16th February 2014, at 17:23:50

Ho dear more Appery comes to the island we have enough here to build a ZOO ho yes we already have one

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by Keven Ball

16th February 2014, at 14:56:10

I do feel for animals who once where abused, but thankfully they have be saved, fantastic news.

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by Colin Russell

16th February 2014, at 11:15:31

lee, Snails that gonna be a slow long old research, good luck with it

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