Everybody wants to live long and grow old, but nobody wants to be old. For, as we all know, old age is sickness of itself. Understandably, the cuts in health care have been a popular conversation subject lately. The current gouvernment has recently reached an agreement on the future of health care. The ever rising costs for longterm care must be reigned in by taking care of the people at home instead of in a nursing home.
News - News | Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | Views (8)
AAP is proud to present our annual report in a nutshell. It shows our most important successes, but also gives more information on the number of animals rescued and outplaced in 2012, our strategy of prevention oriented rescue and our efforts to become a responsible user of this planet.
News - News | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | Views (34)
This course covers the processes that are needed to resocialise and rehome traumatised, exotic animals in a rescue centre such as AAP. Different subjects will be addressed varying from policy issues, prevention, veterinary care (capturing, handling, prevention and treatment of diseases) and behavioural care (observations, enrichment, reducing abnormal behaviour and resocialise the animal so it is able to live in a group with conspecifics). These subjects and much more will all be addressed during this unique course from 26th to 30th of August 2013 at AAP, Rescue Centre for Exotic Animals.
News - News | Friday, 12 April 2013 | Views (699)
On Valentine's Day AAP took in an exotic squirrel (exact species yet unknown). Given the arrival date, he (or she) was named 'Valentine'. Valentine was caught in Rijswijk, by the Dierenambulance (Animal Ambulance) The Hague. The squirrel had been bitten and chased by a dog, before fleeing up a tree to escape. An employee of the Dierenambulance climbed after him and managed to catch him. An initial check by our vet Hester pointed out that Valentine has no visible wounds or fractures. However, Valentine is quite fat and still a little shocked due to his adventure.
News - News | Friday, 15 February 2013 | Views (234)
In the 1960’s Jane Goodall discovered that man was not the only species that made and used tools. Until then the use of tools was considered a human characteristic and the discovery brought a huge discussion. Should the definition of tool use or mankind be revised or should the chimpanzees be recognized as humans?
News - News | Monday, 04 February 2013 | Views (717)
On December 16th 2012, AAP welcomed a new chimpanzee to the rescue centre: 22-year-old Macario. No older than four months, Macario was taken from his mother in a Senegalese Zoo, to be sold to a Spanish family on Gran Canaria. For years, he ate and slept alongside the children of the family, until he matured and did no longer behave as an ‘ape-child’. He was locked in a cage at an abandoned site, without any form of enrichment or distraction. Because of this, he developed severe stereotypic behaviour.
News - News | Monday, 17 December 2012 | Views (635)
In their coalition agreement presented to the public on the 29th of October, the new Dutch government announced a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. The Dutch animal protection organization Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit (No Wild Animals in Circuses) has worked towards a ban for years and is, together with co-founder the AAP Foundation, very excited about this animal friendly decision by the Dutch government.
News - News | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Views (4313)
“I want it mummy, mummy, can I have it, mummy, mummy, mummieeeee?” Mummy is busy twittering or facebooking on her smartphone, looks up distractedly to say no and twitters happily further. The little girl doesn’t give up and starts to cry. “But I really really want the panda”. “Lisa, I said no”. Later I see Lisa with a tearful face walking out of the zoo, triumphantly holding the cuddly toy panda. Mission accomplished!
News - News | Wednesday, 03 October 2012 | Views (536)
It is Sunday morning. At ease, because that is how we like it on Sundays, we finisch our tasks in the outside enclosures of the Chimpanzee Complex. Vegetables are scattered, apples are hidden and ice creams are hanged (read: huge ice cubes in bucket size, with grape, banana and pear). And as finishing touch fresh willow branches in the enclosure of the group of Huub, because the leaves and bark of these branches are so tasty and the rest of it can be used as tools to collect those apples that the caregivers left just out of reach. We believe that its best that the chimps work a little bit for their food, even on Sunday when we decided to take it easy.
News - News | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Views (806)
Last spring Stichting AAP established contact with Lloc de Menorca, a family run zoo in Menorca which opened in 2007. The contact was new for both institutions (we got in touch via FAADA, a Spanish animal welfare organization) but since the beginning it was clear that we both share the same common goal which consists in helping exotic animals in need and offer them the best future possible. Since that moment we have started building up a relationship which we hope will soon culminate in a common project.
News - News | Friday, 20 July 2012 | Views (758)