The Little Rock Zoo

.The Little Rock Zoo needs to step up and care for the animals better! Please read the several artciles here with deaths, sickness and a bald chimp!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Sanctuary, Chimpanzee Eden, Animal Planet


Managing Director of Chimpanzee Eden; Rescue Director of Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) South Africa
Eugene Cussons and Friend
Eugene Cussons holds a rescued chimpanzee at South Africa's Chimp Eden.
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Read the transcript from the April 4, 2008 live chat with Eugene Cussons.

Join Eugene Cussons for a tour of Chimp Eden.
Eugene Cussons was born in 1979 in the Mpumalanga region of South Africa. For generations, the Cussons family has been deeply rooted in the African conservation ethic, and Eugene grew up with a special appreciation for African wildlife. Learning from an early age, Eugene has dedicated his career to wildlife conservation, converting part of his family's game reserve into a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees — Jane Goodall's Chimpanzee Eden. Eugene had a successful career in the corporate world before deciding to build Chimp Eden, making him uniquely qualified for his twin roles of managing the sanctuary and carrying out dangerous rescue missions. He studied business management and economics at the University of Pretoria, and he then developed software for financial trading applications. Deciding he didn't want to be deskbound for the rest of his career, Cussons returned to the family game reserve to combine his management skills with his love for the outdoors. Eugene opened Chimp Eden in 2006 in collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI). As the managing director of Chimp Eden and the rescue director of JGI South Africa, Eugene has focused Chimp Eden's efforts on rescuing chimps from areas where no one else is willing to venture, such as war-torn countries like Sudan and Angola. Personally rescuing the chimps, Eugene brings them back to Chimp Eden, where he takes on the role of caretaker. Besides his commitment to the chimps, Cussons is a devoted husband and father. Eugene is married to wife Natasha, and together they have a baby girl, Haley. The family calls Chimp Eden "home" and live near the chimp sanctuary. The Cussons are never too far from their 19 chimpanzee residents with more chimps continually on the way. Always one for adventure, Eugene is also a certified scuba diver, a boat skipper, skydiver and rock climber. He's an expert off-road driver and held the position of head instructor for the Land Rover Experience in South Africa.


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