29 November 2012

Angola: Mpumalanga Park Houses Thirteen Angolan Chimpanzees

Mpumalanga — Thirteen chimpanzees, of the 33 others living in Jane Gordall Chimpanzee Institute (natural reserve of animals) are from Angola, said Tuesday the manager of the institution, Marc Cronje.

The manager was speaking to the press at the end of the visit the Angolan ambassador to South Africa, Josefina Pitra Diakité, paid to Nelspruit city (Mpumalanga), about 395 km from Pretoria.

Marc Cronje said that the 13 Angolan chimpanzees living in that natural reserve include seven females.

He explained that the first chimpanzee to inhabit the space is from Angola. The animal arrived in 2007, followed by others from the Republic of Congo, Sudan, Togo, Gabon and Italy.

The visit by the Angolan ambassador Josefina Pitra Diakité to natural reserve of Mpumalanga, with 1000 hectares of extension, is part of the activities that marked the 37th anniversary of Independence of Angola, on 11 November.

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