Animal Park Amersfoort wants to set up a memorial place for the two escaped chimpanzees that were shot two weeks ago, reports a staff member of the zoo on Facebook.
Initially, there will be a temporary place where visitors and employees can commemorate the animals. But in the end there must be a definite commemoration place “where everyone can dwell on these yet iconic animals of our park and the event to give it a place”, says animal caretaker Willem Verdonck.
The two male chimps Mike and Karibuna were shot after escaping from their quarters. The two monkeys, according to the zoo, showed “impressive behavior.” No one at the zoo got hurt.
The death of the monkeys led to a lot of turmoil. Last week, a condolence register was opened, signed by hundreds of people. Several animal rights organizations consider the shooting of the animals cruel and unacceptable and demand an independent investigation.