Tatu and Loulis, the two remaining chimpanzees at Central Washington University's Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute, are settling into their new home in Canada.
Mary Lee Jensvold, director of CHCI, last week accompanied the chimpanzees to Fauna Foundation, www.faunafoundation.org, a 200-acre permanent sanctuary in Quebec.
Tatu and Loulis, who learned to communicate via American Sign Language, will be gradually integrated with the 11 other chimpanzees at the sanctuary.
Jensvold is staying for a week to help acclimate the chimpanzees to their new home. In addition, Gloria Grow, Fauna Foundation founder, is an alumna of the CHCI primate program, so the two chimpanzees can continue to communicate via sign language.
There's no doubt that Tatu and Loulis will have a better quality of life at the sanctuary, said Kirk Johnson, dean of CWU's College of the Sciences. They'll have a more natural environment, and more chimpanzees to interact with.