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Monday, February 13, 2012

Portrait of a Chimpanzee at the Sydney Zoological Gardens (Moore Park)1910

Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19100623-16-4 
Taken from the supplement to the Auckland Weekly News 23 JUNE 1910 p016


While I was looking in the Auckland Libraries website Heritage Images on Line, I came across this stuning portrait of a chimpanzee in the old Moore Park Zoo in Sydney, NSW, Australia.  Note the pipe that is in the mouth. I've done a small amount of research so far that indicates this is most likely a female chimpanzee that was imported in 1909. There are advertisements in the Sydney Morning Herald from early 1909 advertising that a chimpanzee was at the zoo. At the same time a male chimpanzee named Casey was being exhibited around Australia by animal trader and dealer Ellis Joseph. Casey did smoke a pipe but it is highly unlikely this is him. Ellis Joseph later provided a second male chimpanzee also named Casey to Moore Park Zoo's successor Taronga Park Zoo in 1920.  Casey the second died in 1936.

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