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Phone: 863-767-8903
PO Box 488
Wauchula
Florida 33873
USA
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Target demographics: Apes in entertainment, research labs or in the pet industry in need of permanent sanctuary, either due to retirement or due to the danger they represent to their communities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 44 ... 13 orangutans and 31 chimpanzees. The Center for Great Apes has the largest population of adult orangutans in North America.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Locally, member volunteers: cut browse, make enrichment activities, serve at our two annual member open house events, provide office support and do gardening. National volunteers: raise funds, raise awareness, send "wish list" items and help make connections with people who are interested in the plight of captive great apes.

Geographic areas served: We receive apes from all over the United States.

Programs: Great Ape Rescue Fund provides funds necessary to rescue and care for orangutans and chimpanzees in dire need of permanent sanctuary.
Great Ape Veterinary Fund helps to fund veterinary service for the 44 great apes in our care.
Power to the Primates Fund helps to fund the increasingly high cost of electricity to heat the ape nighthouses during the last two winters of record-breaking cold and running fans during the excessively hot Florida summers experienced lately.
Education and Advocacy programs reach out to inform the general public about the plight of captive great apes and great apes in the wild.
Advocacy Program promotes advocacy for the ban on the use of apes in biomedical testing and in entertainment.

Mission:
The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or from the exotic pet trade.
The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. Apes can live to the age of approximately 60 years in captivity.
Results:
Our single greatest accomplishment to date was in getting the largest supplier of great apes in entertainment to agree to discontinue the use of great apes in movies, television and advertising, sending his 22 orangutans and chimpanzees to our sanctuary to live out their lives.

This year our new orangutan nighthouse and habitats were completed in time to accept two new rescue orangutans from Iowa.

Successfully advocated to stop the use of orangutans in Robitussin advertising -- the company did a beautiful job of replacing the juvenile performing orangutan in their TV ad with a computer-generated image.

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11/16/13
I've been visiting The Center for about five years. Each time I visit I feel like I am going home to visit old friends. It is a fabulous sanctuary. The ape lives' they have saved, the stories. I promise, if you visit, you will be moved to tears. But its all good. The apes have forever, wonderful ... more »
10/18/13
The Center for Great Apes is truly a sanctuary....not open to the public (although they have a robust education/intern program & are open to visits from school/university/church/senior groups), does not breed or sell great apes, provides large living spaces, good nutrition and enrichment. This past... more »
10/06/13
I was totally amazed when I visited the Center for Great Apes two years ago. The facilities for these animals, which mostly did not have happy lives before going there, are incredible. They have space to play, get to know each other, and walk around to explore. Some arrived in terrible condition... more »
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