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World’s Largest Chimpanzee Sanctuary Celebrates World Chimpanzee Day

Louisiana’s Chimp Haven teams with Endangered Species Chocolate to reach fundraising goal, continue welcoming more chimpanzees to retirement

Posted: Jul 14, 2020 10:07 AM

KEITHVILLE, La., July 14, 2020 – Chimp Haven, the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary just 30 miles outside of Shreveport, Louisiana, is announcing a sweet celebration for World Chimpanzee Day on July 14. The sanctuary received a generous donation match from their partners at Endangered Species Chocolate. Those who donate to Chimp Haven will see their contribution matched up to $12,000, will be entered to win a year’s worth of chocolate and will be directly supporting the care of current and future chimpanzees.

“As the national chimpanzee sanctuary, we’re committed to providing the best care and retirement possible for chimpanzees formerly used in medical research,” said Chimp Haven President and CEO Rana Smith. “On World Chimpanzee Day, we continue working toward our goal to complete our expansion to welcome more former research chimps awaiting retirement. While we do so, we’re thrilled to work once again with Endangered Species Chocolate to support the care of our current and future chimpanzees.”

Chimp Haven is diligently working to complete the expansion which includes development of new forested habitats, open-air corrals and veterinary suites to accommodate chimpanzees retired from medical research still awaiting transition to sanctuary. On July 14, Chimp Haven will hold a giveaway on their Instagram account for followers to enter to win chocolate and a gift card to Chimp Haven’s merchandise store.

World Chimpanzee Day, which marks the anniversary of Dr. Jane Goodall’s first step on what is now Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, encourages the celebration of humans’ closest relative and raises awareness of the threats the endangered species faces in the wild. This year’s celebration takes place in a time of uncertainty, but one thing remains steady: Chimp Haven’s dedication to providing the most comfortable retirement possible for their residents. Chimp Haven continues to support chimpanzees retired from biomedical research and works to gather donations to welcome even more to the sanctuary.

To donate and enter to win a year’s worth of chocolate from Endangered Species Chocolate, follow this link. Learn more about the expansion efforts here, and follow Chimp Haven on Instagram (@chimphaven), Facebook (/ChimpHaven) and Twitter (@ChimpHaven).

About Chimp Haven

Chimp Haven, the national chimpanzee sanctuary, is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as a refuge for chimpanzees, most of whom were retired from biomedical research. Located on 200 acres of rich forested land near Shreveport, Louisiana, the sanctuary is home to more than 300 chimpanzees who are able to live out the rest of their lives in comfortable retirement. The sanctuary is dedicated to meeting the needs of its chimps. It is made up of a wide range of dynamic habitats for the chimpanzees, including multiple acres of natural forests for them to explore. More information can be found at chimphaven.org.

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