A pair of chimpanzees were held up in a resort city ‘Aamby Valley” near Pune. The chimps were kept in a small enclosure without any enrichment, Due to which they were losing their sanity. Manoj was requested by Ms Maneka Gandhi to rescue them. The place was under strict private security and open only to private members. Manoj sneaked in several times bypassing their security and initiated legal action. This lead to news in the media coverage and resentment among the owners of the ‘private city’. The management finally agreed to construct a temporary structure of 10,000 sq ft and later a full fledged natural environment. The chimps where released to a relatively large 10,000 sq ft enclosure. Much later they were transferred to Hyderabad Zoo which has a small community of chimpanzees.

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