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Chimp Haven, Keithville

#55 of 67 in Wildlife in Louisiana
Chimp Haven, The National Chimpanzee Sanctuary, is an independent nonprofit organization located on 200 acres in Northwest Louisiana and is currently home to more than 270 chimpanzees. The majority of our chimps were retired from biomedical research, but are now experiencing the freedoms of retirement. At Chimp Haven they can simply be chimps; living in large social groups and choosing how they will spend their day.

The first chimpanzee residents, Rita and Teresa, arrived in April 2005 and were soon followed by dozens of other chimpanzees from several large research facilities across the United States. Since then, more than 300 chimps have been retired to our sanctuary. In 2013, the National Institutes of Health officially retired more than 300 of its chimpanzees. While they are retired from research they are still living in laboratories, waiting for new facilities to be constructed that will accommodate them.

Chimp Haven is currently in the process of expansion and looks forward to welcoming these new additions to the sanctuary. Caring for our current population, and the addition of so many new chimpanzees, comes with great expense. We rely on public support to provide them with the care they deserve. Plan your visit to Chimp Haven and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Keithville route planner.
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  • Please take the opportunity to visit and donate to their incredibly worthy cause of providing a retirement home to chimpanzees who are being processed out of federal biomedical research labs where...  more »
  • We went to the October Discovery Day. They only have them during the less-hot months because there is no shade by the habitats. You aren't able to get very close to the chimps, but can observe them...  more »

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