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Famed Primatologist Jane Goodall Visits Chimp Haven

World-renowned primatologist and chimpanzee champion Jane Goodall was in Caddo Parish Saturday, April 14, for her first visit to Chimp Haven, the national chimpanzee sanctuary in Keithville.

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Life Outside the Lab: Inside Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest sits at the base of a forested hill off Highway 10 in Cle Elum. The seven chimps in the sanctuary came here from a biomedical facility in Pennsylvania in 2008. All of them were used in labs to test hepatitis vaccines. Some started out as pets or were used in the entertainment industry, while others were captured in Africa when they were just babies.

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Discovery Day at Chimp Haven

Ashley Gordon from Chimp Haven discusses their upcoming Discovery Day event, as well as the world renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall who visited Chimp Haven recently.

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U.S. Chimp Retirement Gains Momentum, as Famed Pair Enters Sanctuary

After years of experiments, a protracted battle to grant them legal “personhood,” and a life spent bouncing between two scientific facilities, two of the world’s most famous research chimpanzees have finally retired. Hercules and Leo have arrived at Project Chimps.

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Chimp Haven Home to Seven New, Important Retirees

With seven new retirees joining Chimp Haven from New Mexico this month, “[w]e now have more chimpanzee’s in sanctuary, than those left in research facilities, which is a huge milestone moment,” Amy Fultz, Chimp Haven’s director of behavior said.

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America Banned Research on Chimps – But Half of Them Still Live in Labs

In 2015, The National Institutes of Health made an announcement: It would no longer support invasive biomedical research on chimpanzees. But three years later, the NIH is still struggling to retire the more than 200 federally-owned chimps that remain in labs, to sanctuaries. This month, 10 years after the first chimps arrived there, Chimp Haven is celebrating a milestone: More than half the NIH chimps have made it into the sanctuary system. VICE News visited Chimp Haven to see what retirement looks like for the lucky half of America’s research chimps.

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Chimpanzee sanctuary holds Chimp-O-Lympics

Forget PyeongChang – the chimpanzees at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest gave Olympic athletes a run for their money at the 2018 Winter Chimp-O-Lympics on Friday. Staff at a chimp sanctuary near Cle Elum organized winter games, such as the brainfreeze biathlon, snowball rope climb, and the 100m snowball sprint, in the spirit of the 2018 Olympics. Click the link to watch the video!

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Bubbles The Chimp… Living Out Retirement on The Suncoast

He was one of the most famous chimpanzees in entertainment history. Bubbles, the chimp, rose to stardom as the pet of the late pop star Michael Jackson. As Bubbles grew older and stronger, he was retired from showbiz and now, at the age of 34, lives out his days with other chimps at the Center for Great Apes sanctuary in Wauchula.

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You Can “Adopt An Ape” on the Suncoast

Watch the video that explores how for over 24 years, the Center for Great Apes sanctuary in Wauchula has been taking in chimps and orangutans and nursing the animals back to both physical and mental health after years in the entertainment business, research laboratories, and in private homes as pets. They currently offer a symbolic “Adopt An Ape” program for either a monthly or annual rate that goes toward the costs of food, medical care, and habitat maintenance.

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Walk for the Apes 2018 – 5K Walk & Concert

For the first time ever in Miami, the community is coming together to walk against the human negligence of great apes. Walkers will be able to take part in this historical animal advocacy movement on its first year of inception. They will not only be the voice against the abuse of chimpanzees and orangutans, but also will raise funds for the Center for Great Apes, a 501c nonprofit founded in Miami. 

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Sue Perkins and the Chimp Sanctuary Review – Cruelty, Survival and Plenty of Tears

A moving tale of mistreatment – from the chimpanzee infected with HIV in a lab to another kept locked in a garage for 15 years – with the presenter and keen animal lover.

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Lab Chimps Are Moving to Sanctuaries — Slowly

Medical experimentation on chimpanzees has ended, butmoving all of them into retirement will be a difficult task.

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