Chimp Haven Chimps Have a Ball In the Snow
Starting Sunday evening and continuing into Monday morning, Shreveport and the surrounding area saw its first measurable snowfall in more than 3 years., Across the ArkLaTex roads were blocked, businesses and offices shut down and every school within more than a hundred miles was closed. But while many people sheltered from the snow, a few local residents - besides area kids - took to the novelty of the snowfall and wasted no time enjoying it! We're talking about the more than 300 chimpanzees that call Chimp Haven, the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary, home.
Rather than staying in their indoor, heated chimp "suites,", a number of the chimpanzees eagerly investigated and delighted in the snowfall that covered the trees and blanketed the landscape of their richly forested habitats. For some this was the first time they have seen, felt, or tasted snow since arriving at the sanctuary after being retired from medical research facilities.
As many fans of the facility know, the more than 300 "retirees" at Chimp Haven receive daily enrichment to keep them mentally and physically stimulated and the rare snowfall was an unexpected and engaging treat for the chimps.
And as you can see from the official Chimp Haven photographs, even though no snow-chimps were built, they did seem to be having an absolute ball!