Orangutan granted human status settles into new Florida home

A 33-year-old orangutan granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina is settling into her new surroundings at Florida's Center for Great Apes

WAUCHULA, Fla. -- A 33-year-old orangutan granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina is settling into her new surroundings at the Center for Great Apes in central Florida.

In 2015 Judge Elena Liberatori ruled that Sandra is legally not an animal, but a non-human person with rights. She remained at the zoo, which closed in 2016, until leaving for the U.S.

At the center, Sandra joins 21 orangutans and 31 chimpanzees rescued or retired from circuses, stage shows and the exotic pet trade.