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Zoo aims to help chimps hang on to their wild side

General July 12, 2016

University of Birmingham researchers have introduced a forest canopy-like environment in the chimpanzee enclosure at Twycross Zoo using the software, which provides data on wild chimpanzee behavior and allows researchers to analyze changes. “A key part of the tool is that it’s based on replicating the mechanical challenges that chimpanzees experience in the wild in their daily lives,” Susannah Thorpe, senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham, told Reuters. “So when they’re moving around forest canopy they have to deal with branches flexing under their weight, they have to deal with planning routes in advance so they know where to go to get to the next food source and we’re trying to emulate these mechanical challenges into the lives of captive chimpanzees.” Straps and other structures have been installed to make the chimps bend and move around off the ground.Animal and Pet News

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