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VR Docu-Series Explores The Lives Of Chimps Freed From Research Lab

360-cameras capture every moment as these animals, many of whom never having seen sunlight, made their first steps into the outside world.

KYLE MELNICK: ‘In 2009, two chimpanzees originating from the New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, were ‘leased’ to Stony Brook University in New York. It was there the unfortunate animals were subjected to years of invasive and painful medical testing. Exposed only to researchers and a sole animal handler, Hercules and Leo had fine-wire electrodes implanted into their muscles which forced the animals to walk upright to conduct locomotion research.

Nearly 18 years later, the tortured creatures were finally rescued from isolated captivity by Project Chimps, a non-profit organization responsible for the release of over 200 chimpanzees being used a test subjects in various medical facilities. Now the dedicated animal rights organization is showcasing the results of their incredible work via a two-part VR docu-series…

Shot in collaboration with Condition One, a VR studio developing advanced technology towards animal awareness, Project Chimps takes users into the heart of the Project Chimps sanctuary in Blue Ridge, Georgia as Hercules, Leo, and a host of other freed chimpanzees are introduced to their new, natural habitat for the first-time. 360-cameras capture every moment as these animals, many of whom never having seen sunlight, made their first steps into the outside world’. SOURCE…

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