Monkey World assists governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild.

At the Centre refugees of this illegal trade as well as those that have suffered abuse or neglect are rehabilitated into natural living groups.

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Rescue Information - Greece

ATHENA & OLYMPIA - CHIMPANZEES (ARRIVED 1993)

Athena and Olympia's story is similar to so many orphaned chimpanzees we have at the park.  The mothers of the two females would have been killed in order to steal the precious babies for the black market trade.  They were then smuggled into Greece and sold onto a circus to become performers.  The Greek authorities, having realised that the young chimpanzees had been smuggled into Greece illegally, asked Monkey World to help and re-home the two orphans.  Jim Cronin travelled to Greece in 1993 to oversee transfer of the young ladies to Monkey World, where they now live happily in social groups with others of their own kind.

Athena     Olympia