Over the next 12-15 months, Chimp Haven, The National Chimpanzee Sanctuary, will be welcoming 110 (soon to be ex) research chimpanzees from the New Iberia Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana.
To provide housing and care for the new arrivals, the sanctuary has established a dedicated fund called The Road to Chimp Haven Campaign. The NIH, who owned the chimps, is not able to provide construction funding, but will provide 75 percent of the cost of their care.
pledges of major support include The New England Antivivisection Society, the first to step up with a pledge of $100,000; The Humane Society of the United States, $500,000; and The National Anti-Vivisection Society, $25,000. The Foundation for the NIH has announced a fund raising campaign for construction for Chimp Haven to expand its facilities.
These seed donations are a promising start but individual contributions are vital to complete the campaign to give these new people a home. Break open the piggy bank.
Chimp Haven is located 22 miles southwest of Shreveport, Louisiana, in the Eddie D. Jones Nature Park in Keithville.