Rescued! Two Chimpanzees Swap Miserable German Zoo for Lovely Welsh Sanctuary

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Meet Uschi and Kaspar. For years, these chimpanzee siblings were kept in a small, dark and ill-equipped enclosure at Tierpark Nadermann, a zoo in western Germany.

Chimps in cage

In these miserable conditions, the intelligent animals could not fulfil their natural urges to exercise and play. They became overweight because visitors fed them popcorn and biscuits and threw sweets at them. Unsurprisingly, they were deeply depressed, constantly plucking out their own body hair – a recognisable sign of mental distress in primates.

Luckily, compassionate people learnt of their plight. PETA Germany worked with other pro-animal groups, including Animal Public, The Great Ape Project and Pro Wildlife, to rescue the apes. These advocates complained to the authorities, gathered signatures from more than 20,000 people, consulted a renowned primate expert and released a video exposing the chimpanzees’ suffering.

And all this hard work paid off! At the beginning of December, Uschi and Kaspar were transferred to the Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary in the Brecon Beacons.

These pictures, taken just a few hours after they arrived at their new home, already show how much happier the animals are:

Kaspar UschiWales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary

At the sanctuary – which houses many chimpanzees and other monkeys rescued from zoos, circuses and laboratories – the animals will not be exploited and put on display. Instead, everything will be done to meet their needs, and they will have plenty of space and equipment so that they can play, climb and interact with other members of their species.

Thank you to everyone who helped give these two animals a happy ending!

Even the “best” zoos treat animals as commodities and are more concerned with making money than ensuring animals’ welfare. Please don’t support animal “prisons” – a better way to learn about animals is to visit a sanctuary or get to know your local wildlife.


  • Sigh commented on December 16, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Even the best accredited wildlife sanctuary is still a form of captivity, and we all know that NO animal would ever be held in captivity in PETA’s dream world!

    • Neil Gibbons commented on January 5, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Something’s WRONG with that dream …??

    • Linda Watson commented on January 5, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      Living in the real – rather than dream – world let’s be incredibly thankful that organisations like PETA manage to grab some of these exploited animals and provide them with a safe home away from the squalor and abuse they have had to endure for most of their lives. These animals would never be in able to exist in the wild – the sanctuaries they go to must be retirement made in heaven!

      • Sigh commented on January 13, 2016 at 3:29 pm

        At the very least, they should be in an environment that makes sense.

    • Joan hampson commented on January 5, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      There should be only one reason to keep wild animals, in captivity . ,to preserve the species.Free these poor animals in terrible conditions.

  • Heather Woolley commented on December 17, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Thank you so much….. These are only a drop in an Ocean of abused,exploited non human’s all over this sorry Planet. We protest,voice,petition and still it goes on. So many,so much suffering. Your beautiful souls will give hope to us all…God Bless you and them.FOR THE OCEAN’S AND PLANET ALWAYS…

  • Alison commented on December 17, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    They’re smiling 🙂 so beautiful

    • Evans commented on January 5, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      they do look very happy and content now.

  • wendy commented on December 17, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    This is great work by peta. Thankyou.

  • Angie commented on December 17, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Thank you to all involved in rescuing these amazing pair – they will at last have a comfortable life & be cared for as they deserve. :))

  • Zoe law commented on December 18, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Such happiness to see things can be changed for the good by the power of people.
    Animals are so vulnerable and need our help, I do hope it continues.

  • Len Jacobs commented on December 18, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Tears came to my eyes as I see the smiles on their faces. Humans can be so vicious, so cruel, so stupid. We will pay the heavy price for the way we treat our fellow beings.

  • Suman malhotra commented on December 18, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Thank you everyone.
    Thank you n i love u all.

  • Valerie Blankhart commented on December 18, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    F A N T A S T I C News. What an achievement. Well done PETA.

  • Valerie Blankhart commented on December 18, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    F A N T A S T I C News. Well done to all at PETA. Thank you.

  • M.Marland commented on December 18, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Thank you ,you are truly real Angels in disguise.

  • Rosette Wolf commented on January 5, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    I am so glad I have been supporting PETA for many years, and will continue doing so.
    Thank you for all the efforts you make to improve animals lives. It is so re-assuring, to see the result of your efforts.

  • mrs jeannette brazier commented on January 6, 2016 at 1:12 am

    I am thrilled these poor monkeys are now in a lovely Welsh sanctuary where they will have a much happier life. peta you are a marvellous organisation for all animals thank you.

  • Pauline commented on January 6, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Thank you Peta

  • Michelle Stout commented on January 6, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Absolutely Fantastic…..Thank you so much to all the wonderful and kind hearted people who love animals.

  • Kam commented on January 6, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Two more saved. Fantastic news.. they deserve to be pampered and live life in the way they would in their natural habitat.

    THANK-YOU!!!! 🙂

  • Hazel commented on January 6, 2016 at 10:47 am

    I think all animals have a right to freedom that said many species are at risk of extinction so there is a call for decent wildlife sanctuaries to prolong that species ! There should be very strict regulations set in place at each wildlife sanctuary which should be adhered to and very strictly monitored by authoritarian figures. Would we really want a planet without animals ? I for one absolutely love animals Breyer than humans so think everything should be done to promote their safety

  • Catherine commented on January 6, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Thanks to PETA and to the Wales Apes & Monkey Sanctuary for such sterling work with abused creatures.
    Here below is the link to the story of these two chimps on the Wales Apes Sanctuary’s website:

    A big thanks to all and keep up the good job.

  • Ellen Edwards-Thrasher commented on January 6, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I am only one person out of 700 Billion in the world, my life has been in the Medical field( Hospice ) and I have had many accompliments in my life time. What I am most proud of is my tiny impact that I make helping give animals a better life. With giving my money , demonstrating against a company or picketing a Circus . I am most proud that I am a member of PETA !

  • Manel Dias commented on January 7, 2016 at 3:30 am

    Such Intelligent family oriented innocent Animals are being kept in Imprisonment for a lengthy periods of time should be treated as ” CRIMINAL OFFENCES done by these people. Lack of Kindness & Compassionate towards vulnerable sentient being has been the main & major issue we face in today’s world. Why & how on earth any one cannot understand, that if we love ourselves, so WHY NOT THESE INNOCENT ANIMALS? THEY TOO VERY DEARLY LOVE THEIR OWN LIVES… Does any one needs to be a rocket scientist to UNDERSTAND this basic philosophy?…Please don’t make or allow any Animal to suffer in vain such as these poor animals who are being thrown behind iron bars to live a painful agonizing worthless life, simply because the greedy people who thought ONLY about the money & it’s profit they would earn out of these animals. Thank You PETA for helping & rescuing these defenseless Chimps from their living Hell.

  • Nina-Maria Walker commented on January 8, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Empathy wins over Evil ! Soooooo Happy !

  • Andrea Forshaw commented on January 11, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    So glad PETA has done all this good work. You have done such amazing things for animals. Amazing people. Happy new year. And hope you don’t have to rescue as many this year.

  • Brenda Jones commented on January 23, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Well done PETA the looks on their faces says it all. Keep up the good work that you do it is greater than words can say.

  • Anonymous commented on March 2, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    People are so ignorant. You didn’t even free them you just moved them to a slightly bigger cage. But because you’re PETA everyone thinks you’re doing the right thing. This charity is BS

    • annon commented on March 11, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      any intelligent being would know that because of these morons that use zoos and work on them are instatutionalizing these babies, mr annon on march the 2nd at 8.51 you commented about them moving them to a bigger cage i agree with PETA they WILL NOT SURVIVE IN THE WILD get a life and stop whinging PETA keep up the good work

  • Barb commented on April 23, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I glad that Europe’s largest lab have been told to phase out cruel experiments. However I can’t wait for the news that they must phase out all animal experiments.

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