Responding to the need for long-term chimpanzee care, Chimp Haven was founded in Keithville, La in 1995 by a group of primatologists and business professionals. Genetically, chimpanzees are more closely related to humans than any other species. Because of their physiological and behavioral similarities, chimpanzees have been an attractive animal model for many researchers. A large number of chimpanzees specifically bred for research or already exposed to infectious diseases are no longer wanted, resulting in a surplus of chimpanzees.
Chimp Haven set its sights on constructing a chimpanzee sanctuary where the residents could live in large social groups in spacious, outdoor habitats. Impressed with Chimp Haven’s vision and expertise, the government selected the organization in September 2002 to operate the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary System.
Life is undoubtedly better for chimpanzees at Chimp Haven, but that doesn't mean they're free of challenges. They need your help to provide for their basic needs like food and medicine.
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