Chimpanzees In Need

A campaign led by NAPSA, fiscally sponsored by 7th Generation Advisors, and supported by California Department of Fish and Wildlife, partnering accredited sanctuaries, and remaining team members of the Wildlife Waystation.

We saved them all!

The Wildlife Waystation, located outside of Los Angeles, unexpectedly closed in 2019 due to financial difficulties. At the time of closure, more than 40 chimpanzees, most of them formerly used in medical research, were living there, along with more than 430 other wild and domestic animals. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife took over operations and successfully rehomed most of the animals, except the chimpanzees. There are only a handful of accredited sanctuaries able to care for chimpanzees, who are extremely strong, smart, and socially complex, and require specialized care and housing. The North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance was brought in to help locate new homes and lead this campaign to save these chimpanzees in need.

Between 2019 and 2022, the Chimpanzees In Need fundraiser raised over $4M and succeeded in rehoming all the chimpanzees to accredited facilities, where they are thriving.

Our emergency effort to rescue chimpanzees at the Wildlife Waystation was a huge success. Now, we must keep our promises to the chimps and the sanctuaries that took them in by supporting a year of care.

Accredited Sanctuaries are at Capacity - We Raised Funds to Build New Homes

Qualified sanctuaries are at capacity, without any space available for more groups of chimps. Accredited sanctuaries worked to rescue these chimps, including Center for Great Apes, Chimp Haven, Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, Primarily Primates Inc., and Save the Chimps, – and they needed funding to construct homes for the chimps and transport them, estimated at $4.7 million. Thankfully, our campaign raised the funds necessary to build these new homes, and after over three years of hard work, was able to successfully rehome all 40 of the chimpanzees. Funds are still needed to go toward one year of chimpanzee care in their new sanctuary homes. Will you help?

Join Jane Goodall to Support this Emergency Rescue

This emergency fund is endorsed by world-renowned ethologist and activist Dr. Jane Goodall, and is fiscally sponsored by 7th Generation Advisors, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that donates their services in support of this urgent fund to ensure all donations are tax deductible. All donations will be accepted and administered by 7th Generation Advisors.

A Brighter Future

The accredited sanctuaries selected to rescue these chimpanzees are providing them a new beginning in healthy environments where they are thriving. Click to learn more about each - and the chimps they saved!

Learn More About Chimps In Need

Below are links to learn more about Chimpanzees In Need, how you can help, and materials to help us share this important emergency rescue campaign with your social networks.

Media Inquiries

Erika Fleury
NAPSA Program Director
(860) 806-4542

The Chimpanzees Couldn't Stay at the Wildlife Waystation

The chimpanzees could not stay at the Waystation for many reasons, including the constant risk of wildfire, outdated infrastructure, and an insufficient water source. For example, it cost $18,500 every month just to have water trucked into the Waystation, and that was just one of their complex and costly care needs. Thankfully, the Waystation’s dedicated caregivers (who knew these chimpanzees for most of their lives) continued to provide them care while funds were being raised and new homes were built at trusted chimpanzee sanctuaries, and we are so grateful for that!

The chimpanzees were relocated in their existing social groups to their new homes.

Every Dollar Helps!

Every dollar raised by Chimpanzees In Need goes directly toward the continuing care and rehoming efforts for the chimpanzees. This is a unique rescue effort, and there’s no time to waste. We are almost done – but need to raise $450,000 more! Please donate today.

Learn More by Watching 'A Checkered Past' (7 minute documentary film)

Learn more about how the chimpanzees came to live at the Wildlife Waystation and the urgency to rescue them by watching this 7-minute documentary short graciously donated by director Shaun Monson and featuring award-winning actors Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara.


Together, we can rescue these Chimpanzees in Need.

You can make a difference at any level:

Provides one month of medical care to a chimpanzee in need
Provides propane to keep chimpanzees warm in the winter months
Provides a month of nutrient-rich food to a chimpanzees in need

If you prefer to mail a check, please make it payable to 7th Generation Advisors and mail to:

1223 Wilshire Blvd. #776
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Be sure to designate Chimpanzees in Need in the memo.


We are grateful for those organizations supporting this important effort.

A Kinder World Foundation

Official DDAF Grantee