Moving up the Social Ladder: Integration of Chimpanzees into Larger Social Groups
Chimpanzees are gregarious, social apes that naturally live in large multi-male, multi-female social groups.
At Twycross Zoo a number of chimpanzees were housed in small groups in outdated accommodation.
A series of internal ape moves and introductions was initiated and over the course of 18 months the composition of the chimpanzee groups at Twycross Zoo was positively altered and chimpanzees were moved out of deteriorating enclosures into larger, more flexible housing.
All of the chimpanzees previously housed in small groups are now in an enhanced social situation. They are also in enclosures which are more secure and offer a more complex environment. The result of this is an overall improvement in welfare due to better husbandry and greater social opportunities.