FAQs about Supporting Chimp Haven

1. Who Supports Chimp Haven?

While Chimp Haven does receive partial government funding to help us care for federally retired research chimpanzees, we also rely deeply on the generosity of individuals just like you. Without community support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations we could not provide the chimps with the retirement they deserve.  We hope you’ll consider making a donation today.

2. Does the Government Funding Provide All the Money Required to Build and Operate Chimp Haven’s Facilities?

No. As a part of the government contract, NIH requires Chimp Haven to match at least 10% of the construction costs and 25% of the operating costs. Private donations are required for 100% of the cost of care for chimpanzees not retired by the government, such as former pet chimpanzees. The government does not cover any of the costs of our education programs or additional facilities needed for chimpanzee housing and support.

3. How Do I Donate to Chimp Haven?

You can make a secure online donation by visiting the donation page of our website.  You may also make a gift over the phone by calling (318) 925-9575.

If you’d prefer to send a check, please mail to:

Chimp Haven
13600 Chimpanzee Place
Keithville, LA  71047

4. What is the Best Friends Program?

Your donation to the Best Friends Program allows you to provide support for a particular chimpanzee of your choosing.  There are five giving levels for this program, but with every level you will receive an official Best Friend Certificate. Please visit our Best Friends page to learn more about this program. It also makes a great gift!

5. How Do I Donate Items on Your Wish List?

We are always in great need of a variety of items for our sanctuary. You’ll find a list of items, some new and some used, on our Wish List page. Be sure you also click on the link to our Amazon wish list which can be found on this same page.  If you donate through Amazon, please be sure to include your name and address on your order so that we’ll know who the gift came from and we can properly offer you our thanks.

6. Can I Volunteer?

Volunteers play a vital role in the operational success of Chimp Haven.  They can help with special events, make treats for the chimpanzees, help with office work or work on other special projects. To learn more, please email us at volunteers@chimphaven.org.

FAQs about Chimpanzees at Chimp Haven

1. Are the Chimpanzees at Chimp Haven Healthy?

Given that most of the chimpanzees are elderly, many suffer from various health conditions. Similar to humans, some of the chimpanzees have heart, liver or kidney disease, and may suffer from arthritis and other ailments. Chimp Haven’s veterinary staff provides expert medical care and appropriate medication to treat the chimpanzees. The behavioral staff monitors the psychological health and behavior of the chimpanzees as well.

2. How Long Do Chimpanzees Live?

Chimpanzees may live as long as 50 to 60 or more years in captivity. In the wild they usually live anywhere from 30 to 40 years old.

3. Will Invasive Research Be Conducted on the Chimpanzees at Chimp Haven?

No. Invasive  research or any research that requires separation of the chimpanzee from their social group or requires them to complete a task is strictly prohibited. Rules and policies govern all studies conducted at the sanctuary to ensure the well-being of the chimpanzees.

4. Is Breeding Allowed at Chimp Haven?

No breeding is allowed at Chimp Haven and steps are taken to ensure that no accidental births take place. We proactively  try to prevent pregnancies from occurring so that we are not contributing to the problem of lifetime care for surplus chimpanzees. All of our male chimpanzees are vasectomized within days of arrival and females are on birth control medication. However, Tracy (2007), Valentina Rose (2012) and Natalie (2012) were born as the result of a failed vasectomy.

5. Where Do the Chimpanzees that live at Chimp Haven Come From?

The vast majority of our colony comes from national primate centers and have been retired from bio-medical research. Others have been retired from cognitive or behavioral studies, the entertainment industry or the pet trade.

6. What Are the Chances of the Chimpanzees Escaping From the Facility?

Experts in the care and management of chimpanzees, along with exhibit and laboratory designers, have designed tried-and-true methods of housing at Chimp Haven that greatly minimize the possibility of escape. In addition to a structurally secure facility, there are stringent staff security protocols and after-hours security.

7. Can the Chimpanzees Be Returned to Medical Research?

No. All of the chimpanzees at Chimp Haven are permanently retired and will live out the rest of their lives at Chimp Haven. . In 2007, Congress passed the Chimp Haven is Home Act which prohibits thier return to research.

FAQs about Events

1. What is Chimpanzee Discovery Day?

Chimpanzee Discovery Days are held six days each year and give guests the opportunity to observe the chimpanzees in their natural, forested habitats across a water moat. A large viewing area provides everyone with an unobstructed view. Entertaining and educational opportunities for the entire family. Chimp Haven staff is on hand to greet visitors and talk about the chimpanzees. Chimpanzee Discovery Days are from 9 a.m. until noon, from March – May and September – November.  The cost to attend Chimpanzee Discovery Days is $10 for adults (13 years and older) and $5 for children (6-12 years of age). There is no charge for children five years old and under.

2. What is Chimp, Chat & Chew?

After Chimpanzee Discovery Days or during some school breaks, pre-registered visitors are invited to Chimp Chat & Chew, a program that enables guests to get a more intimate look at the chimpanzees and personal access to Chimp Haven staff. Guests receive a behind-the-scenes tour, an informative presentation by one of our professional staff, a catered lunch, and an up-close-and-personal look at our residents. Reservations are required for Chimp Chat & Chew. Fees support Chimp Haven’s education program. Chimp Chat & Chew is held after Chimpanzee Discovery Day from noon – 2 p.m. or from 9 -11 a.m. for the Morning Edition which occurs during the week. See our Events page for more information. The cost to attend Chimp Chat & Chew is $50 for adults (13 and older) and $25 for children (ages 6 to 12). Chimp Chat & Chew is not suitable for children below the age of six. A schedule of dates can be found on the events page. Be sure to make you reservations early; this program fills up quickly! To reserve a spot, call 318.925.9575.