If it is wild to your own heart. Protect it. Preserve it. Love it. And fight for it. Rick Bass
By: calpoppy , 10:59 PM GMT on January 27, 2013
Chimp Haven was founded in 1995 by a group of primatologists and business professionals. They had their sights set on constructing a chimpanzee sanctuary where the chimps could live in large social groups. The government selected this sanctuary to operate the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary System. This initiative was a result of passage of the CHIMP Act that was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 2000 and is overseen by the National Institutes of Health
The CHIMP Act:
Initiated the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary System which retires
Chimpanzees from federally funded research programs.
Resulted in partial government funding for Chimp Haven to build and
operate the sanctuary.
Requires adherence to strict federal regulations on the standards
of care for the chimpanzees.
In 2007, the Chimp Haven is Home Act was passed. This law closed a loophole in the CHIMP Act and prohibits chimpanzees retired from medical research to be returned to laboratories.
Most of the chimps that come to this sanctuary have lived 30+ years on concrete in cages, subject to hundreds of sedations, biopsies and many were infected with the HIV virus. Others come from private homes, kept in rusty cages, beaten and neglected. Henry was one of those chimps. He had never socialized with other chimps and had to be slowly introduced to the group and monitored carefully. His group helped mentor him on how to be a chimp and he has made remarkable progress.
Just recently the National Institutes of Health decided to retire hundreds of federally owned chimpanzees. They have voted to limit the amount of chimps in research facilities to 50 national wide. This is going to cause Chimp Haven’s chimp population to increase dramatically!!!
Chimp Haven is located in Lousiana outside of Shreveport. It has 200 acres of treed land with large acreage for large social groups and private areas for those who like to be solitary. They provide medication for those infected with HIV and Hepetitis.
We saw this on the CBS news last week and decided instead of giving each other birthday presents we would give to the charity of each others choice. Since Mr. P’s birthday is just around the corner he wanted a donation to Chimp Haven. Besides monetary donations the chimps have a wish list, here is a partial:
• Large Paint Brushes (plastic preferred)
• Canvas to paint on
• New toothbrushes, combs, brushes
• DVDs – nature shows, cartoons, PG movies
• CDs – nature, world music, classical
• Water Misters
• New Halloween masks
• Used percussion instruments (maracas, tambourines, etc.)
They have many more items that they need.
Their web site is
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