Baboon flown to sanctuary

Mar 27, 2006

WSPA paid for her flight to a primate sanctuary after our member society, Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA), discovered her living in squalid conditions.

BETA contacted Trevor Wheeler, WSPA's Middle East Projects Director, to ask for help in re-homing the primate.

"WSPA was happy to help fund Lola's flight and working with our member society BETA we are really pleased to be able to arrange a new life for her in Wales," explained Trevor.

"We have been expanding our work in the Middle East over the past two years and we visited the Lebanon for the first time last summer. Working with BETA, we hope that animal welfare will become more of a priority there and that joint efforts to relocate Lola will be the beginning of a new era in Beirut."

Lola is now settling in to her new home at the Cefn-yr-Erw Primate Sanctuary in South Wales, which is run by Graham and Jan Garen, who offered to help as soon as they heard of Lola's plight.

Formerly a traditional Welsh farm, the sanctuary now rescues and provides a home for many types of unwanted animals, although caring for primates such as chimpanzees, baboons, spider monkeys, capuchins and marmosets is their speciality.

A number of their animals have come from zoos and laboratories and some have suffered mistreatment and deprivation in their earlier lives. They are not equipped for survival in the wild, so the goal of the sanctuary is to make the rest of their lives as enjoyable and stress free as possible.


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