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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:

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.


Twice the giving-twice the difference

Your donation will be doubled when you give now

I am excited to let you know that the Summer Match Campaign is back and bigger than ever. Generous Board Members have just provided $60,000 to double your gift. We need your help to make this Campaign a success.

This is an exciting time for Save the Chimps! There are many chimpanzees still in need of sanctuary, and we will be expanding our capacity to accommodate them. With your help, Save the Chimps will be ready to welcome them!

Please give today! Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar until August 31, to double the difference you make.

I will be sharing more about our plans in the coming weeks, but right now we need your help. We must raise $60,000 to receive the full match amount. And we can only do that with your support.

Please donate today knowing your summer gift will be doubled and have twice the impact.

With Gratitude,

Molly Polidoroff
Executive Director

P.S. Gifts made by August 31 will be matched. Your support is critical to advancing the Save the Chimps mission of care and conservation. Thank you.

Double Your Gift & Double the Difference You Make for Chimpanzees!


Flat Elway Contest!

Flat Elway is back! Print Flat Elway and take him on your summer vacation!

Prizes will be awarded for the following four categories: most unique photo, the furthest location from Save the Chimps, one photo at random, and the photo with the most reactions on our Facebook album.

We were excited to see all the places ‪#‎FlatElway‬ went last year and can’t wait to see his new adventures.

Follow us on Facebook to see all the places Flat Elway goes!

Click image below for full-size version, then print.

August 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! 


August 1, 1969

1 Boy


August 1, 1975

1 Cheetah


August 1, 1970

1 Heather


August 1, 1976

1 Timmy

Ursula the 2nd

August 1, 1982

1 Ursula


August 1, 19731 Jaybee copy


August 7, 1995

Chandra 150x150


August 7, 1987

Mallory 150x150


August 9, 1986Katrina 150x150


August 10, 1987

Lauryl 150x150


August 13, 1985

Indie 150x150

Ellie Mae

August 13, 1988

Ellie Mae 150x150


August 14, 1997

Moesha 150x150


August 20, 1970

Jennifer 150x150

Lisa the 1st

August 20, 1969

Lisa the 1st 150x150


August 20, 1969

Yolanda 150x150


August 20, 1974



August 22, 1987

Shellie 150x150


August 24, 1997

Joey 150x150 


August 26, 1986

Angelica 150x150

Lisa the 2nd

August 27, 1990

Lisa #2 150x150


August 28, 1990

Pam 150x150


August 31, 1999

Braedon 150x150

Ryan the 1st

August 31, 1984

Ryan the 2nd 150x150


Happy Friday! A Night to Remember with Dr. Jane Goodall…


There are many amazing bidding opportunities during our 2017 Summer Auction and only 2 days left to bid.

It is hard to pick a favorite, but if you know someone who REALLY loves chimpanzees—maybe you—and who would enjoy a life-changing experience with one of the world’s foremost chimpanzee experts and behaviorists, we have the opportunity for you.

Enter your bid for the chance to join our 20th Anniversary Gala in Manhattan with special guests Dr. Jane Goodall and Broadway Actor Alan Cumming.

The theme for the evening is “Beyond our Wildest Dreams.” As the high bidder, you’ll enjoy:

  • A private cocktail party with New York guests and Dr. Goodall
  • An elegant and intimate sit-down dinner with Dr. Goodall
  • A private VIP tour of Save the Chimps for up to seven people
  • A behind-the-scenes kitchen tour, veterinary tour and more

This fundraising gala is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event. We’re giving one dedicated supporter and guest the chance to join us. One winning bid brings you amazing experiences in New York and at the Sanctuary. All proceeds benefit our program of care and conservation. You don’t want to miss it!

I wish I could invite all our supporters to join us. But there can only be one high bidder and it could be you! Please bid now.

With Gratitude,

Molly Polidoroff
Executive Director

P.S. If you’re bidding on items during our 2017 Summer Auction, remember that the last 10 minutes are a “Bid War.” That means final moments of an auction item’s close time will be extended until bidding competition ceases and no bids have been placed for 10 minutes. Be sure to stay ready, so you won’t miss the auction items you love the most!