Chimpanzee sent to Kenyan sanctuary to learn to live with monkeys is beaten to death by other chimpanzees

Chimpanzee sent to Kenyan sanctuary to learn to live with monkeys after spending his entire life with humans is beaten to death by other chimpanzees

  • Four-year-old Baran was killed just months after being transferred from Iran to Kenya
  • She was raised by humans at Eman Zoo, Tehran, after being rejected by her mother
  • The other chimpanzees beat her after she entered their enclosure by breaking her lock
  • Zookeepers were successful in stopping the violence, but Baran later succumbed to his injuries










A chimpanzee who was sent to a Kenyan sanctuary to learn how to live with monkeys after spending his entire life with humans has been beaten to death by other chimpanzees.

Four-year-old Baran died just months after being transferred from Eram Park Zoo in Iran’s capital Tehran to Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Laikipia, Kenya.

She had completed a 90-day quarantine and was in the second phase of her introduction to the sanctuary – remote contact with the other chimpanzees.

Baran managed to break the lock on her area and entered the area with the chimpanzee family she had been introduced to from a distance.

The other chimpanzees attacked the four-year-old girl, leaving her seriously injured. Zookeepers managed to end the violence but were unable to save Baran who later succumbed to his injuries.

Chimpanzee Baran, four, who was sent to a Kenyan sanctuary to learn to live with monkeys after spending his entire life with humans was beaten to death by other monkeys

aran died just months after being transferred from Eram Park Zoo in Iran's capital Tehran to Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Laikipia, Kenya (pictured)

aran died just months after being transferred from Eram Park Zoo in Iran’s capital Tehran to Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Laikipia, Kenya (pictured)

Baran was transferred to Kenya during the summer as it was deemed unhealthy for her to continue living in isolation from other chimpanzees.

She was raised by humans after her mother rejected her because she was born prematurely and therefore more difficult to care for.

As a result, the vets took her away from her mother and slowly treated her until they felt she could be returned to her parents.

At that point, the mother no longer accepted the baby and, because she rejected him, the rest of the group did too, so she was raised away from them and hand-fed by zoo veterinarian Eman Memarian.

Baran was transferred from Iran (pictured, a farewell ceremony in Tehran) to Kenya this summer as it was deemed unhealthy for her to continue living in isolation from other chimpanzees

Baran was transferred from Iran (pictured, a farewell ceremony in Tehran) to Kenya this summer as it was deemed unhealthy for her to continue living in isolation from other chimpanzees

Baran was raised by humans at Eram Zoo in Tehran after her mother rejected her because she was born prematurely and therefore more difficult to cure

Baran was raised by humans at Eram Zoo in Tehran after her mother rejected her because she was born prematurely and therefore more difficult to cure

The zoo then decided to move Baran to another wildlife park to help him develop physically and emotionally after Memarian worried about being stunted by his lack of contact with other chimpanzees.

With the possibility of reintroducing her into her own troop no longer an option, they decided to partner with specialists with extensive experience in reintroducing chimpanzees into family groups and contacted the Kenyan Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

A spokesperson for the Eram Zoo said: “Chimpanzees are social creatures that must live in their social groups to acquire the skills necessary for a healthy and natural social life.”

Parviz Ghandali, director of the zoo, said at the time: “Although Eram Zoo was able to save Baran, it was decided that she should be transferred to the International Chimpanzee Care Center in Kenya because she can live better with the necessary facilities and environment. “

Baran managed to break the lock on her area and entered the area with the chimpanzee family she had been introduced to from a distance.  The other chimpanzees attacked the four-year-old girl, leaving her seriously injured.  Zookeepers were able to end the violence but were unable to save Baran who later succumbed to his injuries

Baran managed to break the lock on her area and entered the area with the chimpanzee family she had been introduced to from a distance. The other chimpanzees attacked the four-year-old girl, leaving her seriously injured. Zookeepers were able to end the violence but were unable to save Baran who later succumbed to his injuries

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