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Relocation of entertainment orangutans from Los Angeles area to Des Moines great ape facility draws praise from ape experts A group of orangutans who appeared in Hollywood films, television commercials and magazine advertisements is being relocated to Great Ape Trust of Iowa "“ a significant move that begins to close the curtain in the United States on the decades-long use of orangutans in the entertainment industry. Great Ape Trust, a scientific research facility in Des Moines, Iowa...
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The three orangutans and eight bonobos living at the Great Ape Trust will interact with more humans starting in June when the research facility is opened to the public. Tours of the 230-acre forest, lakes and great ape housing areas will be available to small groups from June 6 through Sept. 7. "We want to begin to educate people about why it's important for us to understand apes, why it's important for us to realize the degree of similarity between ourselves and apes and...
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