Research Chimps Face Harsh Reality

Research Chimps Face Harsh Reality

Research chimps face harsh reality of being stuck in their old habitat.

In 2015 the era of chimp biomedical research was over.

The decision was made by the National Institutes of Health.

And that meant almost 400 chimps would be transferred to a quiet, tranquil oasis – Chimp Haven.

Chimp Haven was founded in 1995.

It is based on these principles and beliefs.

At Chimp Haven we believe we’re not that different, humans and chimpanzees. Chimps have personalities, emotions and relationships, just like us, and we’re on a mission to connect them to the happy healthy lives they deserve.

That’s why we’re providing and promoting personalized care for chimpanzees (most of whom were retired from biomedical research) by helping them, for their remaining years, live a good life – the chimp life.

For some chimps life at Chimp Haven is awesome.

“Sarah Anne, a 59-year-old chimpanzee, is famous enough to have her own Wikipedia page. That’s because she was captured from the wild as an infant and raised in the home of a language researcher who taught her to use symbols for words. These days, she lives at Chimp Haven, a wooded sanctuary for former research chimps in Louisiana, along with a new pal named Marie.

“And Marie loves to groom with Sarah, and follows her around and gives her lots of attention. And we’re seeing Sarah play with her and just being much more sociable,” says Amy Fultz, who studies animal behavior and co-founded

in 1995. “At 59, that’s a really cool thing to be able to see and watch.”

But getting to Chimp Haven is not always as easy as it sounds.

The reason?

More than half – 270 research chimps remain in labs today.

They have chronic health problems that could worsen during a move to Chimp Haven.

So now people have to ponder the fate of the remaining research chimps.

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