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NIH Vowed to Move Its Research Chimps from Labs, But Only 7 Got Safe Haven in 2015

Nearly three years after the National Institutes of Health announced that hundreds of chimpanzees held for invasive medical experiments would be retired to a sanctuary, relatively few have been so lucky. Only seven made the trip in all of 2015.

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Where Chimpanzees Go to Retire

In 2013, a federal law retired all chimpanzees at the National Institutes of Health from lab testing. Chimp Haven was founded to respond to the need for long-term chimpanzee care. Located on 200 acres of forested land near Shreveport, La., the sanctuary is home to more than 200 chimps who get to roam free and spend their days as it suits them.

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Owners Say Moving Candy the Chimpanzee from Dixie Landin’ Could Harm her Heath, but Animal Rights Activists Disagree

Despite animal rights advocates’ allegations to the contrary, Candy the chimpanzee is healthy and happy at Dixie Landin’ amusement park in Baton Rouge, and efforts to move the 50-year-old primate to a north Louisiana sanctuary could prove harmful or even lead to her death, her owners contend.

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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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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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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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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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Chimpanzees: All Finally Listed as Endangered, Both Captive and Wild

It’s official! The chimpanzee is a fully protected species in the United States regardless of whether it is a captive or wild animal.

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The Ex-Lab Chimps in San Antonio Deserve a Break

Opal is one of 20 chimps owned by the National Institutes of Health that were transferred to Southwest from the Alamogordo Primate Facility in New Mexico, where hundreds of chimps had been retired from biomedical research. And now, in the wake of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to declare captive chimpanzees endangered, animal welfare groups are calling for Opal and 19 other federally owned chimps at Southwest to be permanently retired.

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