Chimpanzees living at sanctuary outside Shreveport enjoy rare snow day

Chimpanzees living at sanctuary outside Shreveport enjoy rare snow day
The chimpanzees living at Chimp Haven in Keithville, La. enjoyed the rare snowfall Jan. 10 and 11, 2021. (Source: Chimp Haven)

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - On Jan. 10 and 11, Shreveport saw its first snowfall in about three years, and while many stayed inside bundled up, the residents of Chimp Haven took advantage of the day.

The chimpanzees living at Chimp Haven in Keithville, La. enjoyed the rare snowfall Jan. 10 and 11, 2021.
The chimpanzees living at Chimp Haven in Keithville, La. enjoyed the rare snowfall Jan. 10 and 11, 2021. (Source: Chimp Haven)
The chimpanzees living at Chimp Haven in Keithville, La. enjoyed the rare snowfall Jan. 10 and 11, 2021.
The chimpanzees living at Chimp Haven in Keithville, La. enjoyed the rare snowfall Jan. 10 and 11, 2021. (Source: Chimp Haven)

Chimp Haven is located about 22 miles southwest of Shreveport in Keithville. It’s a forested sanctuary that’s home to more than 300 chimpanzees. Many of the animals living at the sanctuary are retired from medical research facilities.

Rather than staying inside their heated enclosures, representatives at Chimp Haven say the chimpanzees cam out and excitedly investigated the snow that covered their habitats. For many of the animals, this was their first time seeing snow, or tasting it!

A rare Louisiana snowfall was certainly a treat for the chimps.

The chimpanzees living at Chimp Haven in Keithville, La. enjoyed the rare snowfall Jan. 10 and 11, 2021.
The chimpanzees living at Chimp Haven in Keithville, La. enjoyed the rare snowfall Jan. 10 and 11, 2021. (Source: Chimp Haven)

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