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Chimp Haven to Expand as Federal Chimpanzee Research Program Closes

Queenie stands on a post at least 20 feet from the ground, stretches her left arm, and firmly catches a piece of watermelon mid-air. She’s a retired research chimpanzee, as are so many of Chimp Haven’s more than 200 residents, and the facility will soon have even more animals calling the Keithville sanctuary home.

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Will Elderly Chimps ‘Retire in Place’ with MD Anderson?

When the National Institutes of Health announced they would no longer support biomedical research on chimpanzees and that all federally owned chimps would be retired to sanctuaries, animal rights advocates hailed the move, but it’s left behind feelings of anxiety at the Keeling Center, Texas’ major chimpanzee research facility and one of the largest in the country.

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FWS Sued by NEAVS et al. Over Permit to Yerkes Research Center to Ship Chimpanzees Overseas to Unaccredited Zoo

New England Anti-Vivisection Society a Boston-based, international animal advocacy organization, and its coalition of chimpanzee experts and sanctuaries, filed a lawsuit against U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service challenging the agency’s decision to  issue a permit to Yerkes National Primate Research Center to “donate” eight chimpanzees to an unaccredited U.K. zoo.

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Pictures Show Foxie the Former Laboratory Chimp Mothering Troll Dolls…

A chimpanzee who was used for medical trials and had all her babies taken away from her has adopted two children’s toys as though they are her own offspring.

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NIH Promises to Retire all Research Chimps

The National Institutes of Health says it plans to retire all government research chimpanzees to sanctuaries, reversing its stance of many years. The NIH had said a set of chimps needed to be kept for future medical experimentation.

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Former Lab Chimp Whose Babies Were Torn From Her Bonds With Troll Dolls

A chimpanzee that spent 32 years isolated in a lab is learning to heal with the help of troll dolls.

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Chimp With Darkest Past Takes Comfort in Tiny Troll Doll

Foxie gave birth again and again, but all four of her babies, including a set of twins, were taken away from her just after being born.

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Lawsuit Filed to Free Chimpanzee

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s leading legal advocacy organization for animals, filed a lawsuit against Sam Haynes and the Dixie Landin’ amusement park for inhumanely confining Candy, a 50-year old chimpanzee who has been alone for more than 40 years. ALDF alleges Haynes and Dixie Landin’ violate the Endangered Species Act by isolating and neglecting Candy.

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Chimp Haven Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Gala

What a thrill for Chimp Haven fans who were seeing and being seen at the agency’s first gala — “A Pant Hoot Affair, A Roaring 20th Anniversary Celebration.”

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Chimp Haven Prepares for Next Expansion of National Sanctuary

Chimp Haven, the national chimpanzee sanctuary in Keithville, Louisiana, is completing construction on what it calls a welcome center.

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Sanctuary Spotlight: Center for Great Apes

We’ve probably all seen them on television or in movies—adorable chimpanzees who walk into a scene smiling and childlike, dressed up in cute clothing, appealing to audiences with their charm and human-like qualities. The entertainment industry capitalizes on this: but really, chimps are wild animals, and many of these “screen stars” are taken from their mothers too soon, and go on to live miserable lives.

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Girl Scouts Can Earn a Badge Learning All About Chimpanzees and Having a Lot of Fun

Girl scouts can earn a badge learning all about chimpanzees and having a lot of fun. Steve talked all bout it with education specialist, Andrea Falcetto with Chimp Haven.

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