Sandra, Orangutan, Freed from Argentine Zoo
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FROM NhRP Nonhuman Rights Project
September 2019

Orangutan Sandra is out of the zoo and on her way to her new home, Center for Great Apes.

Just a short follow-up to my last email to let you know that litigation modeled on the NhRP’s has finally freed an orangutan named Sandra from an Argentine zoo to a sanctuary, The Center for Great Apes.

The judge in the case said of her decision: “I wanted to tell society something new, that animals are sentient beings and that the first right they have is our obligation to respect them.”

From Center for Great Apes, Facebook page, September 27, 2019:

Sandra has traveled well from Buenos Aires to the Sedgewick Zoo in Kansas where she will complete her quarantine period for a few weeks. She was accompanied from Argentina by her caregiver, veterinarian, and friends from Buenos Aires who will help her adjust to her new surroundings. She is very calm and curious and is settling in nicely for her first night in the USA. We are grateful to the Buenos Aires officials and caregivers as well as to the Sedgewick County Zoo staff who have been so helpful and supportive in getting Sandra to the sanctuary.

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