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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Our mission is to provide and promote the best care of sanctuary chimpanzees and inspire action for the species worldwide.

Results: Chimp Haven is The National Chimpanzee Sanctuary and is currently home to 212 residents. We were founded in 1995 by an alliance of professionals from research, animal welfare, and the pharmaceutical industry who saw the need for humane, cost-effective social housing for unwanted chimpanzees. Chimp Haven opened its doors to its first two residents in 2005. Since then, more than 300 chimpanzees have called Chimp Haven home. In June 2014, the migration of 110 chimpanzees from the New Iberia Research Center to Chimp Haven was completed - nearly doubling our population over the previous year. With over 200 chimpanzees to feed, we go through nearly 4,000 pounds of produce in just one week. Multiply that by 52 weeks in a year and you can see why your support is so critical to us!

Target demographics: retired chimpanzees

Direct beneficiaries per year: Chimp Haven is home to more than 200 chimpanzees, the vast majority of whom were retired from research.

Geographic areas served: a national scope

Programs: Chimp Haven is The National Chimpanzee Sanctuary and offers a permanent home for retired chimpanzees to live their lives in the company of other chimpanzees. We provide expert veterinary care, nutritious diet, and daily enrichment activities.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 4

This agency is the best they involve clients and the public in activities and their newsletter is the best. I especially love the giving days when they request a certain item of need. Although money is greatly appreciated by this organization they allow and encourage donations of supplies and food stuffs. I feel attached when I know I am giving something they really need. This past request was for items in a kit and then they showed us pictures of the kits put together. I know where my gift went and I really felt like I accomplished something for the great chimps at Chimp Haven. The best experience of giving ever.

Amanda250

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love it! Always have a blast at the discovery days!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A fantastic organization that for over a decade has done stellar work on behalf of chimpanzees that so dearly need an advocate. Top-notch care is provided to chimps retired from research laboratories who have given so much to humankind. The very best chimpanzee sanctuary in the country.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Such a special mission to provide the chimps a healthy and happy environment. The staff truly provide TLC to well deserving animals.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Chimp Haven is the most amazing place to visit and view rescued chimpanzees. The chimpanzees are so well cared for and nurtured. Chimp Haven makes it possible for all of us to give back to these incredible creatures.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chimp Haven is an incredible place for chimpanzees! As a former intern, I got to see first hand how much the staff at this sanctuary respect, adore, and appreciate the animals in their care. Keep up the excellent work, Chimp Haven!

1 Laura319

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love this organization and how they help the chimps

1 Jade D.

Donor

Rating: 5

Chimp Haven has been an incredibly positive force in the lives of over 200 chimpanzees, and I as well. Both a donor and a former intern, I have seen and heard firsthand of the wonderful things this facility accomplishes every day. The staff are pioneers in their fields and work diligently to ensure that all of the sanctuary's residents are well-taken care of and happy. I will continue to praise Chimp Haven for all that they have done and all that they will continue to do in the future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When there were so few humane solutions to an unspeakably cruel practice, Chimp Haven has developed, maintained, and expanded a marvelous haven for abused and tortured primates. People of huge hearts and great efforts have brought quality lives to these poor, damaged beings. It breaks my heart to think of their lives prior to Chimp Haven and it fills my heart to witness their compassion and hard work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to Chimp Haven several times. The care and respect shown for the chimpanzees is spectacular. So honored to have this facility in my home state of Louisiana.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful folks taking care of these beautiful animals...I have been a supporter of Chimphaven for many years and will continue to do all I can to help!!!

1 Louise B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

if it were not for chimp haven, I have no idea where these beautiful creatures would have ended up. bless them and all that they do

1 Mary460

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I worked in the teaching hospital near Chimp Haven when it opened. I was acutely aware of the use of animals in medical testing and from the beginning, I was filled with a respect for this facility that grants these magnificent creatures the dignity and peace they deserve. I have followed Chimp Haven's growth and development throughout the years as I relocated around the US, and it fills me with pride to watch the dedication these wonderful people have for the chimpanzees, the quality of life given to the chimps and the the expansion of the mission tp wprk with other programs.

1 Ashley174

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

People who make it their mission to help these deserving animals finally achieve the peace and retirement they deserve!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful how they take care of the retired chimpanzees.
The discovery days are a great way to see and learn what all they do at Chimp Haven.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Excellent facility with dedicated and friendly staff!

2 Ashley173

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern with Chimp Haven in the summer of 2015 and it was absolutely amazing. The level of care they provide to these Chimps is exceptional.

1 Karen428

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Have followed their fantastic work with these beautiful animals online. It is my dream to one day visit. Thank you so much for giving these wonderful animals a chance to enjoy life.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Chimp Haven provides a variety of outdoor and indoor areas to their retired chimpanzees. Each day the chimps are provided with choices in space, diet, play and socialization. This is a wonderful sanctuary that has merited several prestigious accreditations and holds their animal care to the highest standards.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to intern with Chimp Haven under the enrichment department during Summer 2015. I can honestly say my internship was one of the greatest experiences of my life. The staff is so kind and supportive of each other, the interns, and the chimpanzees. There is such a loving and respectful atmosphere!
I will always feel both amazed and blessed that I was able to be apart of Chimp Haven and their mission to give retired chimpanzees a great life. I got to leave my mark, by installing climbing structures in Habitat 2, and I hope the chimpanzees will enjoy it for many years to come.
I'll forever be appreciative to the staff for their role in my internship. But, more importantly, I'll always be appreciative to the chimpanzees for teaching me what cannot be learned in a classroom.
If you ever get a chance to visit Chimp Haven during their public days, or even better, can intern with them, definitely do! You will leave a changed human.
Thank you to the staff for everything you do to respect and care for the resident chimpanzees!!

2 Luisa F V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Some of my bio hazard lab chimp family is in their capable hands. I hope to go visit and see them one day.

2 Laura262

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Chimp Haven before they broke ground and, every year, they exceed my expectations with their amazing work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The workers here are FANTASTIC and very enthusiastic about what they do. I had the pleasure of actually having one of the keepers as my instructor for a class, and she was incredibly knowledgeable! This place is wonderful!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Chimp Haven is a wonderful and professional sanctuary that provides former research chimpanzees with a place to live out their lives in dignity. Chimp Haven also does a good job of educating adults and kids about chimpanzees and their current plight in this world. If you go to a Chimpanzee Discovery Day or Chimp Chat and Chew, make time to speak with the staff who are both friendly and knowledgeable. I appreciate all that Chimp Haven does and hope the work of this organization is supported by many and continues for years to come!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was a pleasant surprise to discover this type of Facility in North Louisiana, I brought my family out the Discovery Day and had a wonderful time learning about Chimpanzees. I was very informative how the Chimpanzees live and thrive at Chimp Haven, how they have control of their day to day activities within the confines of the Habitats.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an extraordinary place! Thanks to everyone at Chimp Haven for providing these animals with the retirement they deserve. And thanks for letting us see them during your Discovery Days.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had an awesome time at their Chimpanzee Discovery Day - learned so much about chimps!!

1 G. Noel G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Chimp Haven's periodic Discovery Day events strike an excellent balance between their priority of providing excellent care for their chimpanzee population and the public's curiosity about the facility and its mission. Very educational without being intrusive for the chimpanzee retirees.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Chimp Haven is the ultimate rescue for one of God's beautiful creatures. These animals deserve our thanks and respect and they get it at Chimp Haven. Thanks and keep up the good work Chimp Haven!

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Donor

Rating: 5

In a world of distraction and competition for attention Chimp Haven manages to bring light to the needs of chimpanzees that never chose the lives they have lived, lives that often meant suffering and unnatural existence for them, all for the benefit of us humans.
We have a responsibility and moral obligation to make the best life possible for these cousins of hour species, and Chimp Haven has for years worked hard to make this possible. An expensive and difficult proposition and for this I respect the visionaries, the Keithville and Louisiana leaders, the employees and volunteers. This is the one organization that is at the top of my list for support.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization does incredible things by providing these former research chimpanzees with a home where they are free to roam and live their lives the way they should be able to - not in a laboratory.

9 Linda277

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer two mornings a week and every discovery day at Chimp Haven. I work in enrichment, making treats for the chimps. I can honestly say this amazing place has changed my life in the best way possible..The employees here are truly special people. I have never heard one word of disdain for any chimp or any other person. They are educated and cheerful, and I have never seen anyone work as hard as they do! I have actually become friends with some of the chimps! They are intelligent, funny and sweet beings. They have excellent medical care from a first class staff of professionals. They are fed high quality food and their living quarters are cleaned daily. I had been through a lot in the last few years when I discovered Chimp Haven. I also had just retired and found myself with a lot of time on my hands. I was really feeling useless and without direction. Not any more! I wish I had known there were such places years ago. That is where my career direction would have gone. I am so happy being around these wonderful people and animals. I will volunteer here as long as my health allows. Please consider volunteering here. There is a lot to do and you will love it.
I promise!!!!

8 Tess3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Chimp Haven is heaven on earth to these chimpanzees who have been through so much use and abuse most or all of their lives. They have access to trees and outdoors where they can climb, forage, build nests. It is up to them when they would rather go inside or out, and they enjoy hanging out with their friends in grooming and play sessions together. The staff and volunteers do an excellent job of making sure the chimps are well taken care of, and pay close attention to medical needs, and sanitation of their areas. Creativity and work go into the enrichment activities they provide. This is a wonderful sanctuary. I am so thankful for Chimp Haven.

8 Gena M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Chimps that were once used, abused, and treated as "test dummies" are welcomed here with open arms, to live out their lives as naturally as possible. They are so incredibly well cared for! My husband and I were privileged to be able to visit this amazing sanctuary in April 2013 for the Chimp, Chat and Chew event, where we took a tour of the grounds, and got to see so many beautiful chimpanzees - young, old, and in between, enjoying their days "foraging" for fruit (the staff places treats out in the open spaces so the chimps can find it), scaling trees, lounging about, grooming, playing... There's also a "termite mound" that the staff fills with jelly or other yummy treats, and the chimps find the right twig or stick to pull out the rewards! How awesome!! There are plenty of interior spaces and exterior spaces for these loves to live a good life. May God bless Chimp Haven!

6 dhendry

Donor

Rating: 5

These wonderful people take in the chimpswho suffered from years of lab research and rehabilitate them in top quality fashion. Kudos to this fine charity.