Wild chimpanzee populations are in serious decline. And captive chimpanzees are suffering in labs, show business, roadside zoos and as pets.

Yet chimps are highly intelligent and our closest relatives. They deserve better!

ChimpSaver is here to give you the resources you need to help chimpanzees.


Our Mission

Our dream is for wild chimps and their forests to be protected, and for captive chimps to be retired to sanctuaries. Our mission is to protect chimpanzees by educating people and growing a global community of advocates looking for exciting new opportunities to be the change.

Learn how on our blog.

Chimpanzees are extinct in four African countries and severely threatened in ten others. Yet few people have any inkling of the situation or of what fascinating beings they are. We must urgently educate people if we are going to save them.
— Nancy Merrick, MD, MSPH, Founder, ChimpSaver.org

What We've Achieved

  • Helped raise over $250,000 for wild and captive chimps since 2015.

  • Activism to protect chimp populations at greatest risk – those losing forests to agriculture in Africa.

  • Life-long advocacy & reform for captive chimps, fighting against use in AIDS research, studying psychological injury in zoos, and crafting recommendations for psychological well-being.

  • Former researcher at Jane Goodall’s Gombe Stream Research Centre in Tanzania and the Stanford Outdoor Primate Facility in California.

  • Recognized conservation expert.

  • Author of “Among Chimpanzees: Field Notes from the Race to Save Our Endangered Relatives (Beacon Press).

  • Coverage and positive book reviews from The New York Times, National Geographic, Stanford Magazine and Sierra Magazine.

  • Partner of The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project to help threatened chimpanzees, protect forests, and improve human livelihoods in impacted wildlife corridor areas.

  • Distinguished Speaker/Lecturer. Dr. Merrick has inspired thousands through lectures, radio interviews, and social media. Learn more.