Donate Today

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:

Honoring Jane Goodall in NYC

Dr. Jane Goodall was recently honored at the 20th Anniversary Gala held in New York City.

Broadway Actor & Star Alan Cumming with Dr. Jane Goodall

September 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! 



September 1, 1969

Billy 2010 (3)


September 1, 1977

Vicky close up 5 stars Dec 2011


September 4, 1985

Angel close up Nov 2011


September 5, 1986

Late 150x150

Tina the 2nd

September 7, 1971

Tina 150x150


September 7, 1995

Rupiah (6)

April the 2nd

September 8, 1991

April #2 (2)


September 9, 1965

Casey thumbnail


September 11, 1994

Comet Jan 2014


September 12, 1972



September 13, 1988

Katie June 2012 (2)


September 14, 1979

September Apr 2012 (2)


September 16, 1981

Liza Feb 2012


September 16, 1990

Brett close up Nov 2011 (2)


September 17, 2002



September 20, 1987

Grace 150x150


September 21, 1982

Iris June 2015


September 21, 1977

Sonny June 2011


September 22, 1986Vanna 150x150

Emily the 2nd

September 28, 1992Emily


September 30, 1982


Andrea the 2nd

September 30, 1990


September 30, 1999

Bell 150x150

Happy Banana Lovers Day

Smile! It’s National Banana Lovers Day.

You probably don’t buy as many bananas as we do. 1300 bananas are eaten daily at the Sanctuary, so they are at the top of our shopping list. With plenty of nutrients, they’re as healthy for you as they are for resident chimpanzees.

Today we’re celebrating with whole bananas, frozen bananas, and an extra special treat … banana muffins!

Thank you for providing food, medical care, and enrichment needed by the chimpanzees. We deeply appreciate your friendship on National Banana Lovers Day and throughout the year.

We also appreciate your support. Help exceed the August Match when you give today. Your gift will have twice the impact at the Sanctuary!

With Gratitude,

Molly Polidoroff
Executive Director

P.S. Do you have a favorite banana recipe to share? Join us on Facebook.


Let’s Go Bananas!

Sunday is National Banana Lovers Day. It’s a very special day for all of us at Save the Chimps, because, as you know, resident chimpanzees like Noah LOVE bananas! 1300 bananas are eaten daily at the Sanctuary!

And what better way to celebrate than by doing something extra special for these extra special chimps?

Sponsor a banana extravaganza today with a gift of $10, $20, $50 or more and your gift will help us exceed the August Match Goal! This will place the Sanctuary in an even better position to meet the enrichment and nutritional needs of resident chimps like Noah.

Your gift will help provide whole bananas, frozen bananas, and an extra special treat on Banana Lovers Day…banana muffins!

Sponsor a banana extravaganza knowing your gift will have twice the impact at the Sanctuary.

We need your help to provide resident chimps with the nutrition they need and exceed the August Match Goal. Your most appreciated gift today will help supply one of Noah’s favorites—bananas!


GO BANANAS! Your Gift Doubles the Difference You Make for Chimpanzees!

A very special Friday

Today only: your donation will be tripled!

It’s one day only. It ends at midnight. It’s an amazing chance to help chimpanzees live the retirements they deserve at the Sanctuary. And you don’t want to miss it!

Today only, your generous gift to our Summer Match Campaign will be TRIPLED—to help fund the rebuilding of twenty year old climbing structures and meet the enrichment needs of resident chimps.

We’ve already received some wonderful gifts from friends like you, but we still have a long way to go. We’re hoping this ONE DAY ONLY Triple Match will help take us to the top, and we need your help.

Please give now to ensure your gift will be TRIPLED.

Please don’t miss this chance. Gifts will only be tripled until midnight! We urgently need to build more climbing structures on the island homes of the chimpanzees and meeting the $60,000 goal is the key.

Please give today to take advantage of this one-time offer to have your gift go three times as far for chimpanzees.

With Gratitude,



Molly Polidoroff
Executive Director

P.S. Our mission of care and conservation depends on you. For one day only, your gift can be tripled for three times the impact. We really appreciate your giving generously so we can reach the goal.

TRIPLE Match Ends at Midnight! Please give now.

In Loving Memory of Mona

Join us in remembering her


In loving memory of Mona

est. 1960–2017

We sadly bid a final farewell to the oldest chimpanzee residing at the Save the Chimps Sanctuary, beloved Mona.

Mona is believed to have been born in Africa in 1960. She was a resident of the Institute for Primate Studies in Oklahoma where she learned some American Sign Language. In 1982, Mona was sent to the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates in (LEMSIP) in New York State where she was confined to an indoor 5’ x 5’ x 7’ cage suspended above the ground.

In 1996, LEMSIP closed and Mona was sent to a third lab, New Iberia Primate Research Center in Louisiana. In 2000, Mona and her friends Stu, Andrea, and Ursula retired to the Wild Animal Orphanage (WAO) in Texas. WAO went bankrupt in 2011 and Save the Chimps stepped in to rescue Mona and ten other chimpanzees.

Like Linda, another resident who recently passed away, Mona was the leader of a small trio of feisty, older females. Ursula and Andrea followed Mona everywhere and were quick to help if anyone offended her.
Mona was a real “hoot” from the time we first met her. She thrived in her new surroundings here at the Sanctuary and she enjoyed meeting other chimpanzees and exploring the beautiful island environment of climbing structures, grass, and trees. She only used sign language on rare occasions, but her favorite word to sign was “hug”.

Mona truly lived her life to the fullest and never missed a beat. She loved the excitement that a family of twenty three chimps brings. If there was a disagreement or a lovefest, Mona and her two best friends were sure to be in the middle of it—though Andrea and Ursula were probably less enthusiastic about getting into the fray. She loved all foods and had a particular fondness for juice. Her love of life was so infectious that staff members would visit her when they needed to be cheered up and Mona always delivered.

Mona showed no signs of slowing down as she climbed into her senior years. She died suddenly in her sleep atop a giant nest of blankets. We miss her smiling face and expressive eyes every single day. The beauty of her being is ever present. When the staff members are asked to talk about her, they will always break into a huge smile as they recall beautiful Mona. Her infectious joy lives on through our remembrance of this very special lady.

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.