There is good news in Argentina today, as the judge just approved a new home for Sandra the orangutan. Sandra is a 30-year-old orangutan who has been living alone in a Buenos Aires zoo for the last 20 years. Last year, this shy primate made headlines all over the world as the center of a landmark case, brought up by the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights, which argued that as an emotionally intelligent being, Sandra was being denied her basic rights living in solitary confinement at the zoo. The case dragged on for some time, but it was finally decided that Sandra should be freed from captivity and transitioned into the care of an appropriate primate sanctuary. Since the ruling, Sandra has been patiently waiting for someone to find her a new home.
Rehoming an orangutan born in captivity is not quite as easy as it seems and many things had to be considered when searching for Sandra’s ideal home. But this week the judge finally decided that she is to be moved to The Sorocaba Nature Reserve, in San Paulo Brazil. The Sorocaba Nature Reserve, which is located next to the Amazon jungle, offers lots of open space for Sandra and caretakers, who will help her to live out the rest of her days in nature.
These kind folks will even be sponsoring her journey, which is still being carefully planned. And, while this case is not the first of its kind in the world, it is the first of its kind in Argentina. But hopefully, it will not be the last, as nations all over the world recognize the basic rights of other living beings.
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