In 2013, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) officially ended federally-funded biomedical research on chimpanzees. As the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Chimp Haven was designated as the place where hundreds of chimpanzees formerly used in biomedical research would retire.
Since then, Chimp Haven has embarked on a determined effort to bring every eligible chimpanzee waiting in research facilities across the country home to the sanctuary as quickly as possible.
Now, the moment we’ve been working toward has arrived.
This fall, some of the final chimpanzees slated to retire to sanctuary from research facilities are on their way to Chimp Haven – just in time to celebrate their first holiday season at their new forever home. It’s a moment more than 16 years in the making, when we welcomed the sanctuary’s very first chimpanzees to Chimp Haven.
With this landmark moment upon us, we’ve also reached the final, critical stage of expanding our sanctuary in time for their arrival.
Completing the final spaces of the expansion will allow Chimp Haven to welcome the remaining chimps home in time for the holidays and ensure we can care for them for years to come.