It's a new era! The chimpanzees at Kumamoto Sanctuary, Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University(KS) can move from building to building, freely.
There are three buildings at KS in which chimpanzees are currently living. These three buildings are scattered about in a distance from each other with no direct access or contact for chimpanzees between them in the past. In the academic year of 2011, however, two of them were already united with a long corridor constructed between them. This new construction made it possible to start training the chimpanzees to get used to the corridor. Since this corridor was built to follow the occasional steep terrain, climbing up and down inside is not always easy. It requires some exercise to build new skills, even for chimpanzees who are experienced climbers. The bottom grid has equipped with some wooden blocks to make it easier to climb but still some accidents happened. Some chimps who were too hasty moving, rolled down, tumbled over as they missed steps and grabs. They took it easy and now most of them having fun moving in the corridor as their curiosity always bringing them to overcome obstacles and fear rather easily in most situations. Soon all chimpanzees can move from building to building, freely!