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Farewell to our beloved chimp Copper

23 October 2023

We are deeply saddened to announce the peaceful passing of Copper, our beloved chimpanzee.  Copper, who was 34 years old had been experiencing health problems in recent days. Despite the dedicated care provided by her keepers and veterinary team, it became apparent that her health was deteriorating rapidly. A comprehensive health screen was conducted under full anaesthetic, and Copper was found to be suffering from congenital heart disease – a condition that is sadly one of the leading causes of death in chimps.  As a result, it was determined that putting her to sleep was the best course of action.

Copper was born in 1988 at the Welsh Mountain Zoo and arrived at Blair Drummond in 2012, where she lived alongside her fellow chimps, Chippie and Gill.  Over the course of a decade, Copper became an integral part of the Blair Drummond family, and her loss will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Chimpanzees Team Leader Alasdair Gillies said ‘Copper was an independent, free-spirited chimp who danced to the beat of her own drum.  While she got along with the other members of our troop, she cherished her own company and often spent her time foraging and exploring. She had a deep love for the outdoors and would usually choose to sleep under the stars on the island. It was an honour and privilege to be there to hold her hand as she went on to her final rest. We are devastated at this sudden loss.’

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