NAPSA in the News

Featured: Kareen from Project Chimps | Photo by: Fred Rubio

NAPSA is proud to share the collective expertise of its members in national and global news media.

Iconic Imagineer Joe Rohde Requests Support For Displaced Chimps

Walt Disney Imagineering’s Joe Rohde is an icon in the Disney fan community. Rohde, the creative mind behind projects like Animal Kingdom and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, is extremely active on social media and regularly brings his followers behind-the-scenes stories about Disney Parks. Now, Rohde is asking for help from Disney fans who follow his Instagram page.

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Prime Mates Podcast, Episode 51: Full House (with NAPSA’s Erika Fleury)

Full House was an American sitcom from the 80s and 90s and in their fifth season they had an episode called ‘Too Much Monkey Business’ where Danny’s zoologist sister Wendy, pays a visit with a chimpanzee. Podcast host Matt Stewart is joined by special returning guest, Erika Fleury from NAPSA (the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance)! Erika also answers a bunch of listener questions about primates.

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More Research Labs are Retiring Monkeys when Studies Finish

An Associated Press article on the retirement of research monkeys featured NAPSA Program Director Erika Fleury and Amy Kerwin, founder of Transitional NAPSA member Primates Incorporated. Note: We were misquoted regarded the species most common in sanctuaries. The species we mentioned (chimps, capuchins and squirrel monkeys) are most common in NAPSA member sanctuaries, but that is not true for all accredited sanctuaries.

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Prime Mates Podcast, Episode 38: Hollywood’s Primates: Where Are They Now? (with NAPSA’s Erika Fleury)

What happens when Hollywood’s monkeys and apes retire? Comedian Matt Stewart talks to NAPSA’s Program Director Erika Fleury to find out!

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Clever Chimps Use Makeshift Ladder To Break Out Of Zoo

NAPSA’s Program Director Erika Fleury talked with The Dodo about chimpanzee cognition and ingenuity.

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Local Chimpanzee Sanctuary Plans Growth for Future

Diana Goodrich, Co-Director of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest and an alternate on NAPSA’s Steering Committee, explained about the sanctuary’s expansion and the role that NAPSA can play in retirement efforts.

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Nine Ex-Research Chimpanzees Retired to Chimp Haven Sanctuary

There are over 200 chimpanzees in medical laboratories across the US, mostly government-owned and awaiting retirement. Chimp Haven, a 200-acre forested sanctuary in Louisiana, has received a new cohort to join the hundreds of chimps already in residence.

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That Viral Video Of A Chimp Hugging His ‘Rescuer’ Isn’t What It Seems

A misleading viral video has been framed as a special moment by major media brands such as CNN and CBS, but it reinforces the the dangerous idea that this chimp’s lifestyle is acceptable and sustainable in the long term. NAPSA’s Program Director Erika Fleury talked with the Dodo to explain more.

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Chimpanzees: Saving our Closest “Cousins”

In celebration of the first World Chimpanzee Day (of which NAPSA was an organizer), an Argentinian journalist spoke with NAPSA’s Program Director Erika Fleury about chimpanzee conservation.

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How Some U.S. Ape Sanctuaries Fail Their Animals and Staff

Update: This is an archived article. As of July 1, 2018, Chimps Inc is no longer a member of NAPSA. NAPSA is featured in a National Geographic article that highlights the value of accrediting bodies and independent oversight to ensure that sanctuaries continue to have high standards and safety precautions for the human and non-human primates at their facilities. The article points out that the sanctuary movement is fairly new but is growing increasingly professional. NAPSA, in fact, was formed in order to promote such growth and elevated standards, and we continue to make this one of our primary missions. As the article indicates, NAPSA is a membership alliance and does not accredit its members, but instead utilizes independent outside accreditation. If a NAPSA member sanctuary is unable to meet membership accreditation requirements, the alliance responds accordingly. Chimps Inc., mentioned in the article, has had their NAPSA membership placed on hiatus. The sanctuary’s Executive Director and board have continued to make improvements and are working with officials and with NAPSA to resolve complaints and renew their accreditation. Our full statement about Chimps Inc. can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2BgraOu.  

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Truth Behind Viral Video Of Chimp Hugging Dog Isn’t Cute

A video of a baby chimpanzee hugging a dog has gone viral — for all the wrong reasons. NAPSA’s Program Director Erika Fleury explains characteristics of reputable primate sanctuaries, and why true sanctuaries would not exploit their animals.

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Chimps Inc.

An Oregon chimpanzee sanctuary cares for rescued chimps. Update: This is an archived article. As of July 1, 2018, Chimps Inc is no longer a member of NAPSA.

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