Friday, August 29, 2008

Flood Damage At Great Ape Trust Reaches $1 Million

APE FLOOD1 of the largest great ape facilities in North America needs more than $1 million to recover from damage suffered in Iowa's record June floods.

Flooding at the 230-acre Great Ape Trust campus in Des Moines damaged two modular buildings that housed the trust's administrative offices as well as equipment in an ape research center. None of the apes were injured, and researchers were able to resume work within a week.

The campus is built in a floodplain donated by the city.

When it's completed, the Great Ape Trust is expected to be 1 of the first worldwide to include all four types of great ape - bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans.

Some of the costs will be covered by insurance and the group is planning a fundraising effort to cover the remaining costs.

Story here.

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