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Your donation helps provide care for the nearly 250 chimpanzees with:

  • three daily meals of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • first-rate medical care
  • enrichment activities that encourage natural behaviors

Donated funds:

  • help maintain the 12 three-acre island homes
  • allow chimps space and freedom to wander to their hearts content

Ways to Give:

Hidden corners and secret spots

My team and I here at Save the Chimps are so excited. As you can see from this progress update, we could be closer than ever to installing video cameras to help us observe the chimps and ensure that they are safe and healthy.

And what’s good for the Sanctuary care team can be good for you, too. That’s because we’ll be placing some of the cameras in areas supporters have never had access to. Which means you’ll truly be seeing the chimpanzees like you’ve never seen them before.

I’m talking about hidden corners and secret spots. Up-close views where you’ll get to watch the everyday activities of our chimpanzees. Even if you’ve been at the Sanctuary for our Member Days or other events, I can promise you’ve NEVER experienced the chimps the way you’ll see them on live video feed.

But first, we need to raise all the funds to get the cameras installed. We’re closer than ever! Please make your gift now.

As you may recall, generous donors provided the first $20,000 for this campaign, and since then 91 supporters have contributed another $8,798.

That means we’re only $11,202 away from achieving our $40,000 goal and having the cameras up and running by later this year. Have you made your donation yet?

Please give now to help bring live video to the Sanctuary!

In Gratitude,

Molly Polidoroff
Executive Director

P.S. You’re going to love watching live video feed of the chimps as they play, groom, exercise and do stimulating enrichment activities. And my team and I will benefit by being able to observe and monitor the chimpanzees more closely. The sooner we raise the funds, the sooner we’ll be able to install the cameras and notify you about the first broadcast, so please contribute now.

A New Plan to Get the Chimps Moving

Our chimpanzee residents eat three meals per day served by our caregivers. This gives our caregivers the opportunity to make sure everyone is happy, healthy, and eating a nutritious diet. In addition to meals, the chimpanzees receive enrichment. Enrichment is any item that promotes physical activity, mental stimulation, or play to ensure the chimpanzees’ well-being.

Twice a day this now includes spreading peanuts and sunflower seeds across the chimps’ 3-acre islands. This gives the chimps motivation to explore the island and search for these small (and tasty!) treats. This will greatly increase the amount of peanuts and sunflower seeds we need to purchase each month, but we feel it is important in promoting a healthy lifestyle for our residents.

Donate peanuts and sunflower seeds to our residents.

Exciting News To Share!

It’s not easy to monitor nearly 250 chimps living on 12 separate three-acre islands, plus a special care facility, with only our own two feet and our own two eyes.

But just imagine if we could check in on the chimps in real-time using a live video broadcast. We could see quickly if a climbing structure needs repair, respond to storm damage, observe chimp behaviors, and see in real-time if a chimp is in distress and needs medical attention.

And imagine if you could join in, too, and observe the chimps through live video feed!

Well, with your help, that dream could soon be coming true. We have received $20,000 in funding from generous donors to pay for half the cost, and now we need your help to match that for a total of $40,000 to install the camera system throughout the Sanctuary.

With your help we could be sharing the new video broadcast with you later this spring! But to make it happen we need your help now.

Please make your gift now and help bring live video to the Sanctuary!

Once we have the cameras installed, we will periodically “broadcast” island activities such as our chimpanzee parties, and share everyday activities…roaming, foraging, grooming, playing and chasing.

You’re going to love seeing the chimpanzees up close and personal like you’ve never seen before. And we’re going to love having “eyes and ears” on our chimps like never before – allowing us to deliver the very best care to the chimps.

Please donate today and help raise the $40,000 needed to launch this exciting new project! Can we count on you?

Please give as generously as you can. Thank you!

March Chimp Birthdays

Who doesn’t love presents?
The chimps do and they most definitely deserve them!

Visit our wish list to send goodies for the chimps.
A big pant hoot thank you for your generosity and support! 


March 3, 1997

March 3 1997 Venus


March 3, 1984



March 4, 1994



March 5, 1992March 5 1992 Millie


March 5, 1975



March 9, 1999

Scrappy Aug 2011 (2)


March 9, 1991



March 12, 1978



March 12, 1972

March 12 1972 Cartier


March 13, 1962



March 13, 1989Cookiewithgift


March 14, 1997

Torian June 2012 5 stars close up


March 15, 2007

Maya 2014


March 16, 1990

March 15 1990 Spike


March 16, 1995



March 16, 1984



March 17, 1988



March 17, 1997

March 17 1997 JJ


March 17, 2003jb-resized


March 18, 1975IMG_7110 Abdul


March 19, 1986



March 20, 1996

Jean July 2011 (2) crop


March 21, 1993




March 22, 1974



March 23, 1984



March 24, 1998



March 26, 1987March 26 1987 Kayla


March 26, 1998

March 26 1998 Alora


March 28, 1993



March 28, 2000

Cody close up April 2012

In Loving Memory of Pele

To know her was to love her

Pele, a beloved member of Ron’s family, recently passed away from kidney failure. She was only 24 years old and had numerous health issues throughout her young life. She developed severe pneumonia when she was sixteen years old. Two years later Pele stopped eating and had an elevated white blood cell count. Her physical exam, radiographs, blood work and ultrasound never found the cause, but she responded to antibiotics. The same symptoms occurred the following year and again she got better with treatment. Pele was injected with the human hepatitis C virus when she was young, a virus known to cause renal failure in some human patients years after the patient was successfully treated and cleared the virus. We will never know if it was the hepatitis, infections or a weak immune system that caused her kidneys to fail, but her death was similar to that of Esmeralda and Anna who had also been subjects of hepatitis studies.

Pele was a remarkable person. She was a petite, sweet and quiet chimp, but highly inquisitive and observant. She preferred to stay out of the fray when the group became boisterous by hanging out in one of the many hammocks. She had a highly expressive face and a twinkle in her beautiful brown eyes. When people Pele enjoyed came to visit, she would greet them with an outstretched arm while making direct eye contact. If her hands were full, she would use her leg or sometimes simply point a toe, but she always acknowledged her favorite people. We would return the greeting with an outstretched arm and she would bob her head in affirmation before going back to grooming her friend or eating a favorite piece of fruit.

Pele lived comfortably for many years before her kidneys completely shut down. Unfortunately, dialysis or an organ transplant are not reasonable treatment options for chimps. She left behind several siblings and her mother, Tinker, who was born in Africa and is still healthy and doing well. Pele was not aware that she was related to these other individuals because chimpanzees born in laboratories are separated from their mothers at birth and denied the opportunity to form the incredibly strong bonds so prevalent in their species. But Pele still experienced love and friendship once she was released from research and introduced to a family of 23 chimpanzees. David, one of the oldest chimps, was her closest companion. Wherever David went, Pele was sure to follow. He looked out for her and she adored him.

All of us at Save the Chimps have shed many tears for those who have passed away. We endure the sorrow that fills our hearts because of all the joy we receive each and every day caring for these wonderful chimpanzees. It is a privilege to witness the transition from laboratory to sanctuary and the transformation of every single chimpanzee who calls Save the Chimps home. We can’t give back what was taken from them but we can give them sunshine, opportunities to make choices, companionship, and respect. And in the end, a peaceful death surrounded by humans and chimpanzees who love them.

Rest in peace, Pele. We will miss you always.

Join us in remembering her.

It is important to us to honor each chimpanzee who passes away with an individualized tribute. Announcing the loss of one of the residents is not immediate, because it takes us time to mourn and put into words the life, memories, and personalities of each individual.

Learn more about how we honor the passing of beloved residents.

February Chimp Birthdays

Who doesn’t love presents?
The chimps do and they  most definitely deserve them!

Visit our wishlist to send goodies for the chimps.
Big pant hoot thank you for your generosity and support! 


February 1, 1999

Bambi 2010 (1)



February 1, 1996

Jersey Nov 2011


February 2, 1995

Fergus relaxing in the Florida sunshine


February 2, 1983

Amy (9)


February 3, 1996

Butch (2) copy


February 4, 1999
Pamela (4)


February 4, 1993



February 5, 2007

Dylan 6.1 x 9.1


February 6, 1990

Amanda Feb 2011


February 8, 1996

Spudnut (4)


February 11, 1970

Alison (2)


February 12, 2000

Tea 2 copy


February 14, 1983Larry Apr 2014 (7)


February 18, 1986



February 19,  1998


February 21, 1981

Wally Feb 2013


February 21, 1998



February 21, 1994

Reba Jan 2011


February 23, 1995

Logan March 2011


February 23, 1972

Tinker migration 2009 (4)


February 23, 1988

Sandy Feb 2013


February 24, 1994

Ariel (7)


February 24, 1991



February 26, 1984Tash 150x150

Registration is now open!

Don’t miss early registration for Chimpathon 2018!

We’ve just opened early registration for our fourth annual Chimpathon 16K on Sunday, April 15. Register now to join us for this unique and thrilling once-a-year experience!

There is no other race in the world quite like Chimpathon. The course takes you right through Save the Chimps – the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary, located in Fort Pierce, Florida. Whether you run or walk, you’ll enjoy hearing the wonderful sounds of chimpanzees and watching them watch YOU as you pass their island homes.

Chimpathon runner Kelly had this to say. “Everything was so put together. Great event! What a beautiful race! Thank you so much for opening the sanctuary for us. I hope to run again next year!”

Here is the information you need to register now:

  • The event is April 15 and begins at 7am.
  • Early-bird registration costs $60.
  • Space is limited to 700 participants, so register now to save money and secure your spot.
  • All registrants will receive a Chimpathon t-shirt, brandana, and goodie bag.
  • Early registration ends February 18, so don’t wait!

Last year’s Chimpathon we raised $31,000 to benefit the nearly 250 retired chimpanzees residing at Save the Chimps! This year we hope to raise even more, with your help.

Not able to make it this year? You can still make a donation, and be there in spirit!    The world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary
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In Loving Memory of David

In loving memory of David

“Forgiveness is an attribute of the Strong.” Mahatma Gandhi


David, one of the most beloved chimpanzee at Save the Chimps, passed Monaaway from heart failure after many years of treatment. He was an incredible being and will be sorely missed by his chimp and human families. We generally write our tributes describing who the chimpanzee has become once they are given the opportunity to live a more fulfilling life at Save the Chimps. But for dear David, we wanted to show the true meaning of forgiveness by sharing his life story with you.

David was born in Africa. If he had been allowed to stayed there, his mother would have lovingly cared for and fiercely protected her young son. David would have nursed for 5 years. He would have ridden on his mom’s back while foraging for food, for, teaching him what to eat and what to avoid. These early childhood experiences would have shaped his social skills, personality, survival ability, and character. David would have spent his whole life in his natal territory surrounded by a large family and eventually fathered children himself.

But David never got to experience that life. Instead, he was snatched from the forests of Africa and brought to the United States for biomedical research. Although we have no information of his early years, David ended up at a laboratory called LEMSIP located in upstate New York. Here, the chimps were singly housed in cages suspended from the walls. The fetid feces and urine that piled beneath the cages caused a horrible, caustic odor. There was no outside access, nesting material, fresh food or enrichment. For over 10 years, David languished in this small space. Weekly he was sedated with ketamine, which stings when given in the muscle. He would probably sit in anticipation of the pain and distress because his food would be withheld while the other chimps ate around him. The records reflect that for ten years he was injected weekly, had multiple substances introduced into his body and was subjected to constant blood work and liver biopsies.

When LEMSIP finally closed, David and other chimps were sold to the Coulston Foundation in New Mexico, a laboratory with one of the worst animal welfare violations records in history. He spent 4 years living in isolation in building 300, a dark, dank structure referred to as “the dungeon” by Dr. Noon. The chimps were housed alone in cement cells with no outside light, no ability to see their neighbors and no stimulation.  And in one of those enclosures sat dear, sweet David.

David was kind, handsome and lovable, though never subservient, from the moment we met him. He garnered respect from every chimp and caregiver who was lucky enough to know him.  He had piercing brown eyes that stared directly at you, communicating his intelligence and exposing his soul and forced you to open yours. He was a chimp among chimps; kind, smart and dignified. He formed a strong bond with everyone in his family, but particularly Pele, who remained close by for the rest of his life. Although he was diagnosed with heart disease in 2006, he lived an active and enriching life.  David’s family made the move to Florida in May, 2009 and soon after, the doors to the island and his new life opened. David  remained a gentleman until the day he died. 

Now that is forgiveness………

Join us in remembering him.

It is important to us to honor each chimpanzee who passes away with an individualized tribute. Announcing the loss of one of the residents is not immediate, because it takes us time to mourn and put into words the life, memories, and personalities of each individual.

Learn more about how we honor the passing of beloved residents.