- Many mornings, Mari climbs the ladder to the top of her 40-foot tall enclosure using her chin and her feet. She also likes to spend part of the day walking upright through the woods in the aerial trailways.
- Great apes in general are extremely intelligent animals and need a very stimulating environment when housed in captivity. At the Language Research Center at Georgia State University where Mari spent many years before coming to the sanctuary, Mari worked with lexigrams, mazes, puzzles, and memory tasks. She could even solve computer mazes by manipulating a joystick with her feet. Mari is an extremely smart orangutan, and we are always brainstorming to create different activities to keep her challenged and active.
ADOPT AN APE
It costs $22,000 a year to care for one of our apes. By symbolically adopting the ape of your choice for a one-time donation of $300 OR just $25 a month for one year, you are helping ensure the health, safety, and well-being of your orangutan or chimpanzee.
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