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This page will introduce you to Kumamoto Sanctuary(KS) , which is a sister Institute of Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University.
熊本サンクチュアリ全景航空写真
57 chimps
WISH大型ケージ熊本1号機
タワーとチンパンジー


 
What is Kumamoto Sanctuary ?  
Kumamoto Sanctuary(KS), the first chimpanzee sanctuary in Japan became an institute of Kyoto University on August 1st, 2011. With special view to chimpanzees as endangered species, Kumamoto Sanctuary is committed to fulfill two main principles: (1) to undertake the physical and psychological well-being of chimpanzees; (2) to enhance quality of life of chimpanzees at the Sanctuary. Kumamoto Sanctuary is part of the Wildlife Research Center; which is a sister institute of Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University (KUPRI). The name: "Kumamoto Sanctuary" has emerged from its previous name "Chimpanzee Sanctuary Uto" (CSU) on August 1st, 2011. CSU was formed as a result of the reorganization of the biomedical laboratory on April 1st, 2007. As of October 2014 there are 57 chimpanzees living Kumamoto Sanctuary.

Officail Website: http://www.wrc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/kumasan/indexE.html

 
WISH(Web for the Integrated Studies of the Human Mind) Cage
Kumamoto Sanctuary is a sister institute of KUPRI, which has established excellent reputation in studying wild and captive chimpanzees. Consequently, Kumamoto Sanctuary is also pursuing well-being and research on chimpanzees for the quest to answer: "What is uniquely human?"

In the academic year of 2011 a special and memorable innovation was launched at Kumamoto Sanctuary. A giant cage as addition to an older building was constructed at the Sanctuary. This giant cage is called "WISH (Web for the Integrated Studies of the Human Mind) cage". Cognitive experimental studies have already began in this brand new enclosure system at Kumamoto Sanctuary. Chimpanzees that are now living in this brand new enclosure system have already started using the touch-screen monitors connected to computers.
 
150-m Long Corridor
There are three buildings at Kumamoto Sanctuary in which chimpanzees are currently living. These three buildings are scattered about in a distance from each other with no direct access or contact for chimpanzees between them in the past. In the academic year of 2011, however, two of them were already united with a long corridor constructed between them. This new construction made it possible to start training the chimpanzees to get used to the corridor.

Since this corridor was built to follow the occasional steep terrain, climbing up and down inside is not always easy. It requires some exercise to build new skills, even for chimpanzees who are experienced climbers. The bottom grid has equipped with some wooden blocks to make it easier to climb but still some accidents happened. Some chimps who were too hasty moving, rolled down, tumbled over as they missed steps and grabs. [They were surprised and made us laugh.]

They took it easy and now most of them having fun moving in the corridor as their curiosity always bringing them to overcome obstacles and fear rather easily in most situations.
Soon all chimpanzees can move from building to building, freely!
 
熊本サンクチュアリギャラリーWe will introduce you to the every day life of 57 chimps in Kumamoto Sanctuary.
 
Babies are born from ex-KS chimp through the breeding program to transfer KS chimpanzees to zoos throughout Japan.

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