Sanctuaries in North America
CHIMP HAVEN, INC, Keithville, Louisiana
Chimp Haven is The National Chimpanzee Sanctuary. They are located 22 miles southwest of Shreveport,
Louisiana, in the Eddie D. Jones Nature Park in Keithville. They are an independent, nonprofit organization whose
mission is to provide lifetime care for chimpanzees who have been retired from medical research, the
entertainment industry, or no longer wanted as pets. Chimp Haven provides:
--A permanent home where chimpanzees can live out their lives in large, naturalistic enclosures in complex social
--An organization managed by concerned individuals who specialize in chimpanzee care and management
--An inexpensive low-maintenance facility design
--Financial and organizational stability to provide lifelong care for each chimpanzee
--Opportunities for education and noninvasive behavioral studies
Save the Chimps, Fort Pierce, Florida
This is only one of many chimp sanctuaries in the United States, but likely the largest. About 300 chimps have
been retired here, most of them transported from the dismal Coulston Laboratories in New Mexico to their
retirement islands in Florida. Their mission is to provide permanent sanctuary for the lifelong care of chimpanzees
rescued from biomedical laboratories, entertainment, and the pet trade.
PRIMATE RESCUE CENTER, Nicholasville, Kentucky
The Primate Rescue Center is home to two groups of rescued chimpanzees: seven youngsters who arrived in
1996 from New York University’s Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP),
which was preparing to shut down, and four elderly survivors of the “Dahlonega 5,” who were rescued in 1998
from a private situation in Georgia in which they had spent decades in squalid conditions.
One of the PRC’s proudest accomplishments is the unification of these two groups, in the summer of 2000.
Before the introductions, the adults typically spent their days lazily grooming and napping, while the LEMSIP
chimps displayed youthful energy and rambunctiousness. But as the two groups were united into one cohesive
unit of eleven, more resembling the social dynamic of a natural troop in the wild, the once-sedentary adults
began running, playing, and reprimanding the youngsters for inappropriate behavior. And those youngsters
benefited, as well, as the integration enabled more complex interactions and social opportunities.
The LEMSIP chimps are now young adults, and we watch with endless fascination as the males jockey for
position in the group’s hierarchy, some of them clearly angling to one day try to claim the alpha spot. Because a
chimpanzee may live 50 or more years in the wild, and even longer in captivity, whoever does ascend to that
role may have a long reign as leader of the pack.
CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY NORTHWEST, Cle Elum, Washington
Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest (CSNW) provides lifetime quality care for formerly abused and exploited
chimpanzees while advocating for great apes. CSNW is one of only nine sanctuaries in the country that cares for
chimpanzees. It was founded in 2003 to provide sanctuary for chimpanzees discarded from the entertainment and
biomedical testing industries. CSNW is located on a 26-acre farm in the Cascade mountains, due east of Seattle.
CENTER FOR GREAT APES, Wauchula, Florida
The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who
have been retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The
Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime
care. The Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax deductible as
allowed by law.
CHIMPS INC, Bend, Oregon
Chimps Inc. is a sanctuary specifically designed to provide lifetime care to captive chimpanzees. We are dedicated to
overcoming exploitation and cruelty that they and other captive wild animals can face through advocacy, education,
FAUNA, A Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Chambly, Québec, Canada
Welcome to Fauna, a non-profit organization that provides rescue and permanent sanctuary for animals that have been used,
neglected, abused or rejected by humans. Established in 1997, we provide a better life for animals from farming, entertainment,
education and research. Our primary focus is providing for chimpanzees rescued from research. We are the first sanctuary to
accept HIV infected chimpanzees from a laboratory. Fauna is a protected environment for Quebec's native flora and fauna.
Situated on more than 200 acres, Fauna offers a lake, a river, fields, protected wetlands and a young forest of native flora and
animals. Fauna has created wildlife corridors, gardens and new plantings of native flora, encouraging local species to populate
the area and migratory birds to stop for food and shelter. Fauna's wooded land is dedicated the Ruisseau Robert Natural Reserve.