Las Vegas Zoo's Terry the Chimp needs help getting to Florida

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Las Vegas Zoo's Terry the Chimp needs help getting to Florida

By Darcy Spears. CREATED Oct 1, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Contact 13 is continuing to follow where the animals are going since the Las Vegas Zoo shut down.

Action News has received dozens of phone calls and emails wondering specifically about Terry, the zoo's lone chimpanzee, who's lived at the zoo for more than 17 years.

We now know where Terry will be going, and the people who are moving him need your help.

Like all the zoo animals, Terry needs a new home since the zoo shut down.

The closure came after zookeepers quit to protest what they called substandard animal care.

Terry is one of the last remaining animals at the shuttered zoo and is scheduled to be moved in the coming days.

He'll be relocated to Save the Chimps in Florida, the largest sanctuary of its kind with 260 resident chimpanzees.

Here's where you come in: Save the Chimps, a non-profit organization, is asking for help transporting Terry to Florida.

They would like to fly him there and need a jet to do that.

They've got a special transport cage, a veterinarian and a caretaker who would accompany Terry on the flight.

If they can't find someone to fly them there, Terry faces a 46-hour road trip in a van with Barbary apes, which the rescuers fear will traumatize him even further.

If you'd like to help contact Jo Sullivan, Save the Chimps Executive Director, by calling (301) 332-7691 or emailing

For more information on the organization, click here.

Darcy Spears

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Darcy Spears is currently the Chief Investigative Reporter for Action News.