Support enriched environments for rescued chimpanzees

By nature, chimpanzees are intelligent and sensitive individuals who are our closest living relatives in the animal kingdom. They are incredibly social and require a complex physical and social environment in order to survive.

But hundreds of chimps live in inhumane conditions, where they lack the resources they need to keep their minds and bodies active.

Vanilla — pictured above — lived in a biomedical research facility, where chimpanzees were commonly housed in tiny cages suspended above the ground like bird cages. She was part of a group of 30 chimpanzees sent to the Wildlife Waystation in 1995, where she joined a small family group. In 2019, Wildlife Waystation closed, and Vanilla was among seven chimpanzees to find permanent sanctuary at Save the Chimps. When she was released onto her enriched island home at Save the Chimps with her family, she was in awe of seeing the open sky for the first time. 

Save the Chimps has rescued over 330 captive chimpanzees like Vanilla. Many of the chimpanzees in our care endured years of a barren and lonely existence. Used in medical labs and the entertainment industry, they were isolated, living in conditions that go against their very nature. They grew bored and developed abnormal behaviors. But now, they have an enriched outdoor environment, allowing them to roam, visit with friends, bask in the sun, or curl up in the shade.

Save the Chimps is committed to providing the chimpanzees with the best retirement possible. One way in which we ensure the chimpanzees' well-being is through enrichment. Enrichment provides variety, choice, comfort, and fun for the chimpanzees. The result is happier and more active chimpanzees.

Sign your name to support enrichment programs for retired chimpanzees, and help us rescue more chimps like Vanilla!

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