Chimp Haven, The National Chimpanzee Sanctuary, will soon be welcoming more than 100 retired research chimpanzees from the New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) in Lafayette, La.—more than doubling the population of chimpanzees at the sanctuary. Today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that all of their chimpanzees currently at the south Louisiana laboratory will be retired to Chimp Haven over the next 12-15 months.
To help house many of the incoming chimpanzees, Chimp Haven has to raise $5 million for construction and the lifetime care of the chimpanzees. The sanctuary has established a dedicated fund called The Road to Chimp Haven Campaign. For administrative reasons, the NIH is not able to provide construction funding, but will provide 75 percent of the cost to care for the chimpanzees.
Chimp Haven President and Director, Dr. Linda Brent, says that this news is the result of good faith efforts on all sides to come to an agreement that, above all, is in the best interests of the chimpanzees.
Among those who have pledged major support are The New England Antivivisection Society, the first to step up with a pledge of $100,000. The Humane Society of the United States has pledged $500,000 to the campaign. The National Anti-Vivisection Society has continued its generous support of Chimp Haven with a grant of $25,000 to provide housing and care for the chimpanzees. Also, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health today announced a fund raising campaign for construction for Chimp Haven to expand its facilities.
“This is a historic day for research chimpanzees in the United States,” says Brent. “We look forward to continued cooperation between the NIH, Chimp Haven and animal protection organizations so that we may retire many more chimpanzees in the future.”
To donate to the Road to Chimp Haven please visit https://donationpay.org/chimphaven/newiberia2012.php.