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!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Suco, the 21 year old Chimpanzee escapes and now resides at the Kansas City Zoo

Readers, this chimpanzee was bred and sold by Connie Casey Braun of the Missouri Primate Foundation. I also have to chuckle when I type foundation because Connie Casey braun is strictly a Chimpanzee breeder and taking the poor babies to birthday parties. in other words folks, Connie lives off of her chimpanzees, they support her even though they are in small indoor cages. ( I have photos of her inside enclosures)

This Chimp was bred from Susie and Coco the chimpanzees. Well if you remember, years ago Susie was the one that Jason Coats in Missouri shot dead! Coco, the breeder was brought over from Africa and breed all of the females until he died a few years ago at the Missouri Primate Foundation. When he died Connie Casey Braun buried him in her yard along with a Zebra that hung itself because they put it in a chimp cage with netting. There are many other chimps buried out at that property. I know that Coco and Susie were her breeders, both of my ex-chimpanzees father was also Coco. So you see folks nothing ever comes out good when it comes to the babies that are stolen by Connie Casey Braun. For some examples, Mikey and Louie, my ex-chimps, Travis, Timmy, Susie, Connor, Kramer and Moe. This is why they should not be bred, babies stolen from their moms, forced to live like humans and ones dieing from either boredom, child birth or sickness.
SHAME ON YOU CONNIE CASEY BRAUN, GET A HEART AND A CONSCIENCE!!!!!! Better yet get a real job, go out and make money off of yourself and give those chimps sanctaury.

For the people that want their chimp back, do some reading on the Travis case and don't think your chimp isn't capable of doing the same thing, because she is!!!!

When Sueko arrived at the Kansas City Zoo in October she was overweight, accustomed to a human lifestyle.

The adult chimpanzee rode along with a trucker and his girlfriend and apparently enjoyed a diet heavy on people food.

Sueko carried quite a pot belly when she arrived at the zoo in October.

Now she’s eating fruits and vegetables — and has lost weight.

“She looks good now,” said Liz Harmon, general curator at the zoo. “She looks like our other girls. She was pretty chunky.”
But Sueko remains in a tug-of-war between Kansas City and the people who claim her.

The city confiscated the animal after she escaped from Mark Archigo in October and ran rampant in a residential neighborhood near 78th Street and Indiana Avenue. It was not the first time Archigo was in trouble because of Sueko.

The city has charged Archigo and Deborah Kaumans with keeping or harboring a nonhuman primate within the limits of Kansas City. But Archigo and John Michael Oyer, who claims to own Sueko, want to get back the chimpanzee they have raised since she was a baby.

The zoo is a much different life from the one Sueko had been living. She reportedly was toilet-trained and traveled with Archigo, sleeping on a second-tier bunk in the cab of the semi, police have said.

Despite Sueko’s new diet, the 21-year-old still has a long way to go before fitting in with the rest of the chimpanzees at the zoo. Officials won’t try to assimilate her until her legal status is resolved. They’ve been down that road.
“Because of the strong social bond and how difficult it is to get chimps together, it’s equally hard on them to separate them,” said Zoo Director Randy Wisthoff. “We wouldn’t even think about that process until we knew for sure whose property she was.”

Sueko has spent time at the zoo before. She was sent there in 1995 after being accused of biting people. Zookeepers introduced her to a young male and reported that she was making progress.

But Archigo threatened legal action, and the city returned Sueko to him after he promised to keep her outside the city limits.

After that, Oyer said, Archigo gave up his half-ownership in Sueko, leaving him as full owner. Archigo could not be reached for comment.

Oyer believes the city has “illegally confiscated his property” and that her time in the zoo is “undoing years of hard work and training.”

Oyer and Archigo bought the chimp in 1989 to start a tree-trimming service called Monkey Tree Service. Oyer said city codes at the time allowed “temporary animal display acts,” which he believes made it legal to keep Sueko in the city. But five years later, Oyer said, the city changed its codes to outlaw chimps without a special permit, and the city refused to grant him a permit.

“We already had her here,” he said. “We should have been grandfathered in.”

Oyer said the city is “forcing him to file a lawsuit” to get back the chimp, whose name he said is spelled “Suco,” a combination of her parents’ names of Susie and Coco.

Now, as zookeepers wait for a new court date, they report that Sueko — the spelling in city files — is doing well.

“We have seen no health issues with her,” Harmon said. “We’ve not seen any behavioral issues with her.”

It only took about 10 days to get Sueko to start eating vegetables.

She works well with her keepers, presenting her hands and feet for inspection when prompted. She still prefers to sleep on a blanket instead of building a nest of hay as the other chimps do, but that’s not a big deal, Harmon said.
The real test will come if and when zookeepers are confident the chimp is at the zoo to stay. Then they can try to introduce her to the others. Integrating her could take weeks, months or even years.

Assimilation among chimps is not just a matter of introducing new playmates. The powerful apes have strict social hierarchies and are aggressive in enforcing them.

“Chimps can kill each other,” Harmon said.

The Kansas City Zoo has 15 chimpanzees, not counting Sueko, that live in two groupings. Two older females keep each other company and the rest are part of a single troop on exhibit. Sueko would not only have to find her place within that troop but also learn what is — and isn’t — expected of her.

“They’ve got a very complex social structure, and she doesn’t know what all that stuff is,” Wisthoff said. “She’s sort of in a reversal of the boy who lived with wolves.”
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