Chimpanzees In Need

Featured Photo: Willy B and Mave, formerly from Wildlife Waystation and now at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

Wildlife Waystation, a sanctuary located in Southern California that was the first of its kind, caring for thousands of animals over a period of more than 40 years, closed its doors in 2019. This closure left hundreds of exotic and domestic animals in need of new homes. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife responded immediately, providing much needed supplies and security, and helping to rehome almost all of the 480 animals… but 42 chimpanzees remained.

We need your help to move them to trusted sanctuary homes.

The Chimpanzees

The chimpanzees live in six groups of various sizes. Magic is the youngest at 15 and Jeff is the oldest at 44 years old. Some, like Lucky and Cy, are siblings and others, like Ernesta and Magic, are mother and daughter. The chimpanzees came to Wildlife Waystation from biomedical research laboratories, the entertainment industry, and private owners.

The Coalition

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Waystation, 7th Generation Advisors, and the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance are working together to continue the care of the chimpanzees onsite and to secure their future permanent placement.


Immediate funds are needed to ensure that the chimpanzees will live out the rest of their lives in appropriate sanctuaries. Sanctuaries need funds to build space as soon as possible and plan for lifetime care costs. In the meantime, funds are needed to provide care for these chimpanzees while their new homes are being created.


When donating, you will have the option to contribute towards the following needs:

  • Chimpanzees’ current care
  • Center for Great Apes – expenses to accommodate additional chimps
  • Chimp Haven – expenses to accommodate additional chimps
  • Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest – expenses to accommodate additional chimps
  • Primarily Primates – expenses to accommodate additional chimps
  • Sponsor transportation and one year of care for a chimp
  • Or we can apply your gift wherever it is needed most!


If you prefer to mail a check, please make it payable to
7th Generation Advisors
1223 Wilshire Blvd. #776
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(note Wildlife Rescue Fund in the memo section!)

We welcome you to learn more about the campaign.

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We need your help funding the chimpanzees’ current care!


Cost of care for every month the chimpanzees remain at Wildlife Waystation (Anticipated total of $1.2 million for 1 year of care)

$0 million

Total needed to build housing at reputable sanctuaries

$0 per chimp

Transportation and one year of care for each of the 38 champanzees placed at new sanctuary homes, except the 11 going to Chimp Haven (Anticipated total of $675,000)

Check out our progress towards our first goal of three months of chimp care!



We are grateful for those organizations who support this important effort.

A Kinder World Foundation

Official DDAF Grantee


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