Louis passed away following a very short illness on the morning of Monday 8th July 2013. At 37 years old his loss will be felt amongst keepers and staff both past and present.
Dr Charlotte Macdonald, Curator, commented: “Louis was a very gentle and laid back chimp, and a favourite of everyone. Born at Twycross, he was one of the original PG Tips chimps and has lived to see all of the changes; from chimp’s tea parties to the modernisation of the Zoo, including the recent chimp integrations into larger social groups.”
Sharon Redrobe, Zoological Director, said: “Over the decades millions of people would have visited Louis, so we hope people will join us in reliving old memories with him and take home some new ones of our other animals too.”
To mark its 50th year Twycross Zoo will be holding late night openings on 26th and 27th July with a host of activities and entertainment, including a Twycross Memories Tour which will take visitors on a journey through its unique and colorful past made famous by its beloved chimpanzees.
Charlotte added: “Louis’ long-time companion Choppers is doing well and will be monitored closely over the next couple of weeks by the animal team. She will be introduced to some of the other chimps in the near future.
“Although gone, Louis will never be forgotten; he will always be a member of our Twycross Zoo chimp family.”