ELLENSBURG, Wash. (December 6, 2012) — A public memorial service will be held Sunday, December 9, for Dar, one of the Central Washington University chimpanzees who learned to use American Sign Language and lived at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI). The 1:00 p.m. ceremony will be held in the Dean Hall lobby.
The service will include remarks from CWU President James L. Gaudino, CHCI director Mary Lee Jensvold, and others. In addition, music will be performed and light refreshments will be served.
Dar, whose full name is Dar es Salaam, for the capital of Tanzania, unexpectedly died of sudden cardiac failure Saturday, November 24, at CHCI. Jensvold says this is the leading cause of death in captive male chimpanzees. The average life span for the captive population is 30 years. Dar was 36 and was in otherwise good health.
Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Washington University’s Ware Fair celebrates its 40th year this December. During Ware FairAttempted Robbery Update
CWU’s Police Department has detained a person of interest for an attempted robbery that occurred eGene Shoda Named Interim Vice President Of Operations
Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino has named Gene Shoda as Interim Vice Presid