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

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Monkey Kingdom

monkey kingdom

Monkey Kingdom is an upcoming 2015 nature documentary film by Disneynature with a release date of April 17, 2015. The film tells the story of a family of monkeys living in ancient ruins founded in the jungles of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka.

Save the Chimps will hold a special screening of the film in April. Click here for details »

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about a unique species in the primate family – the Toque Macaques.

How much do you know about your fellow primates?

Primates is the order of mammals that includes a wide range of species, most commonly known are monkeys and apes. Sometimes we forget that we humans are included as well!

Here is a glossary of terms to help you learn more:

Toque Macaques: is a species of monkey that lives in Sri Lanka.

Primatologist: a person who studies primates (a group of mammals that includes prosimians, monkeys, and apes)

Hierarchy: a social ranking of individuals where some are higher or lower than others.

Alpha: the highest ranking individual in a primate group

Endangered species: animals and plant species threatened with extinction

What are some similarities between the Toque Macaques and Chimpanzees?

1. Both species are endangered species.

2. Both live in similar family units with a hierarchy lead by an alpha male.

3. Both spend their days foraging for food.

4. Both live in a tropical rain forest climate.

5. Both types of primates are threatened by loss of land.

6. Both types of primates have been mistreated in the pet trade.

Get to know Alice’s Family

We at Save the Chimps are excited to introduce you to our more than 250 amazing chimpanzee residents!   Each month we will feature one of the 12 islands at the Sanctuary so that you can get to know the chimpanzees that make up the families and the personality of group as a whole.

This month we would like to introduce you to Alice’s Family.  The chimpanzees in Alice’s Family were rescued from The Coulston Foundation. During their time at the Coulson Foundation most chimpanzees lived in isolation in 5’x5’x7′ cages.  Upon rescuing the Coulston chimpanzees, introductions were made to form chimpanzee families. They learned how to play, love, laugh and groom, all natural for chimpanzees. Alice’s family was the first complete chimpanzee family to migrate from New Mexico to their island home in Florida.

Alice’s building is also home to Cheetah and Timmy who live separately from the large social group. Perhaps because Cheetah lived alone for so long, or perhaps because he is an artistic soul who sees the world differently than the average chimp, Cheetah had a hard time making friends over the years. He’s met chimps young and old, male and female, but finding someone he “clicked” with was a challenge. Finally Cheetah found friendship with Timmy, a male who also spent many years living alone, and who, like Cheetah has a fondness for painting.

Because Cheetah and Timmy are not in a large family group, they will move into the Special Needs Building  which will soon be expanded to provide larger outdoor areas with grass, palm trees, swings, and platforms that can accommodate small groups like Cheetah’s. In the meantime, Cheetah and Timmy spend their time painting, grooming, interacting with their caregivers, enjoying enrichment, and time-share an island with Alice’s Family.

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Meet the Family

Alice

Alice

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
July 24, 1983

I am loyal.

I love stuffed monkeys!

Angel

Angel close up Nov 2011

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
September 4, 1985 

I am flirty.

I love food!

Chance

Chance 150x150

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
October 7, 1993

I am curious.

I love apples!

Cheetah

1 Cheetah

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
August 1, 1975

I am artistic. 

I love painting!

Christy

Christy

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
October 23, 1988

I am cranky. 

I love hard toys!

Ebony

Eboni

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
May 8, 1984

I am motherly.

I love stuffed monkeys!

Elway

Elway 2 copy

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
May 21, 1999

I am rambunctious.

I love Jake!

Garth

Thelma with Garth playing chase FUN

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
October 18, 1992

I am funny.

I love juice!

Holly

Holly chimpmas 2011

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
December 9, 1985

I am lazy.

I love tomatoes!

Jake

Elway & Jake

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
November 25, 1991

I am happy.

I love potatoes!

Jeffrey

Jeffrey sept 2011

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
May 27, 1987

I am quiet.

I love dried fruit!

Lea

Lea 2

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
February 21, 1981

I am family-oriented.

I love mixed nuts!

Melissa

Melissa 150x150

Rescued From:

Research

Birthday:
May 22, 1981

I am sassy.

I love fruit.

Mika

Mika

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
September 30, 1982

I am sweet.

I love primate chow!

Mikey

Mikey

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
July 9, 1984

I am sensitive.

I love fruit!

Pamela

Pamela (4)

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
February 4, 1999

I am silly.

I love stuffed animals!

Ryan

Ryan the 2nd 150x150

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
August 31, 1984

I am loving.

I love apples.

Tash

Tash 150x150

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
February 26, 1984

I am a leader.

I love hats.

Timmy

1 Timmy

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
August 1, 1976

I am observant.

I love cold drinks.

Tony

Tony

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
April 30, 1986

I am sensitive.

I love peanuts.

Zeke

zeke

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
May 2, 1995

I am distinguished.

I love the island.

Ways to support

Donate

Tony

Support the chimps by making an online donation.

 

 

Adopt

Elway

A symbolic adoption supports the chimp’s complete care for one week. Adopt Elway.

 

WishList

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Purchase items the chimps need and love through our Amazon Wishlist.

 

 


Shop

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Purchase items from our gift shop. All proceeds directly benefit the chimps!

 

 

 

Get to know Ron’s Family

We at Save the Chimps are excited to introduce you to our more than 250 amazing chimpanzee residents!   Each month we will feature one of the 12 islands at the Sanctuary so that you can get to know the chimpanzees that make up the families and the personality of group as a whole.

This month we would like to introduce you to Ron’s Family.  Ron’s family consists of chimpanzees rescued from both The Coulston Foundation and the pet trade.

Chimpanzees from the pet trade usually have difficulty adjusting to living with other chimpanzees.  They often grow up in a home and are treated like a human child.  By the time they are rescued, many believe they are human and find it very challenging to relate  to other chimpanzees. Over time, they do acclimate.

April, Kramer, and Connor the 2nd are all former pet chimpanzees.  Today they are living and thriving in a family group of 23 chimpanzees.

There are several young chimpanzees living in Ron’s family , making this group an energetic one, full of family fun.  April is often on her favorite platform with a large nest of blankets while the youngsters play around and on the poles extending above her.

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Island Sign Ron

Meet the Family

April the 1st

April (20) crop 2 copy

Rescued From:
The Pet Trade

Birthday:
April 29, 1979

I am clever.

I love fruit juice!

Sir Connor

Connor 150x150

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
January 11, 1989

I am courageous.

I love protein shakes!

Lil’ Connor

connor

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
April 26, 2002

I am enthusiastic.

I love making noise!

David

web David 2010 (2)

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
January 1, 1968

I am lovable. 

I love mixed nuts!

Dylan

Dylan 6.1 x 9.1

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
February 5, 2007

I am energetic. 

I love kiddie pools!

Gail

Gail

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
September 12, 1972

I am determined.

I love boxes!

Grace

Grace 150x150

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
September 20, 1987

I am protective.

I love kiddie pools!

Janice

Janice Feb 2012 (2)

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
January 16, 1999

I am clever.

I love people watching!

Jordan

Jordan Aug 2012 (3)

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
January 24, 1994

I am clumsy.

I love food!

Kaleb

Kaleb

Rescued From:
The Pet Trade

Birthday:
September 7, 1995

I am lovable.

I love protein shakes!

Kramer

kramer

Rescued From:
The Pet Trade

Birthday:
September 17, 2002

I am friendly.

I love hammocks!

Larry

Larry Apr 2014 (7)

Rescued From:
Entertainment/WAO

Birthday:
February 21, 1981

I am silly.

I love dried fruit!

Lisa the 2nd

Lisa #2 150x150

 

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
August 27, 1990

I am determined.

I love stuffed toys.

Mariah

Mariah Oct 2011 crop

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
September 19, 1991

I am unpredictable.

I love Melody!

Marlon

Marlon and April Apr 2014

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
January 1, 2007

I am goofy.

I love kiddie pools!

Melody

Melody150 copy

Rescued From:
Entertainment/WAO

Birthday:
July 12, 2007

I am demanding.

I love kiddie pools!

Nadia

nadia-resized

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
March 13, 1962

I am a sweetheart.

I love romain lettuce.

Patty

Patty Sep 2010 (3)

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
May 16, 1993

I am mysterious.

I love dried fruit.

Pele

pele

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
October 25, 1993

I am sensitive.

I love vegetables.

Sebastian

Sebastian 150x150

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
June 20, 1994

I am charming.

I love noisy toys.

Sophie

Sophie 220

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
January 4, 1990

I am maternal.

I love stuffed toys.

Tammy

Tammy Feb 2013 (3)

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
September 7, 1995

I am whimsical.

I love bananas.

Vanna

Vanna 150x150

Rescued From:
Research

Birthday:
March 24, 1988

I am picky.

I love fruit juice.

Ways to support

Donate

Lisa #2 150x150

 

Support the chimps by making an online donation.

 

 

Adopt

April eating (11)

A symbolic adoption supports the chimp’s complete care for one week. Adopt April or Melody.

 

WishList

webDylan

Purchase items the chimps need and love through our Amazon Wishlist.

 

 


Shop

98.6 Womens Shirt

Purchase items from our gift shop. All proceeds directly benefit the chimps!

 

 

 

Millie’s Long Road To Happiness

The solitude and suffering of chimpanzees in laboratories is often hidden behind closed doors. Often, it’s only when chimpanzees find their way to sanctuary that their lives are revealed.

When Millie was shipped to a research lab from a chimpanzee “nursery” at just 15 months old, a note traveling with her betrayed how well employees recognized Millie’s sensitive nature. The note read:

“Millie will act more at ease if given a towel to hold.”

Clinging to her towel for comfort, Millie was used in hepatitis studies, liver biopsies, and respiratory tests. The injections, the isolation, and the monotony of life in a small steel cage, must have been awful. But, like many sensitive beings, Millie’s most debilitating pain was emotional. When her roommate died, she became very depressed and stopped eating. Worse, Millie began hurting herself. First mistaken as mysterious rashes and lesions, red marks appeared on Millie’s skin – a tragic sign of self-mutilation.

Millie needed help, and with the generosity of Save the Chimps supporters, she was rescued in 2005, freed from the laboratory, and finally given the companionship and loving care she so desperately craved and deserved.

Safe at our island paradise, Millie loves wandering the big island and enjoying the Florida sun. She has not self-mutilated for several years. Sadly, no amount of freedom and good weather can fully undo the psychological trauma Millie endured, and she will likely depend on our help to keep from injuring herself again. But Millie has gained confidence, and the companionship of a small chimpanzee family – and that’s worth celebrating.

Because of friends like you, Millie no longer turns to a towel as her sole source of comfort and companionship. She has a family group, loving caregivers, and you.

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Thanks for helping Save the Chimps make a difference for Millie!

Get to know some other chimps at Save the Chimps, visit Meet the Chimps »

Meet Brandon Wood

Brandon Wood

You Don’t Need To Be BIG To Make a BIG Difference for Chimpanzees

Humans and chimps have a lot in common. Brandon Wood discovered just how much when he was only nine years old. That was when he heard about a chimp named Elway. Elway was also about nine years old, and like Brandon, he was missing his father.

Elway had been rescued by Save the Chimps and was enjoying life at the sanctuary, but his father, Boy, had not yet been able to make the migration from New Mexico.

Meanwhile, Brandon’s father was serving in Afghanistan. While Brandon was powerless to bring his own father home, he knew he could do something for Elway – or at least he could try. Brandon set to work raising the funds to bring Boy to Save the Chimps in 2010. Brandon also made an Adopt-A-Chimp contribution to “adopt” Elway. Now 14 years old, Brandon still loves Elway and continues to speak out against cruelty to chimpanzees.

Elway is shown below.

Elway

Like Brandon, YOU Can “Adopt-A-Chimp”

It costs $16,000 per year to care for a chimp at Save the Chimps. By symbolically adopting a chimp, your donation of $300 (or $25 a month) will provide one week of care for your adopted chimp! To make it “official” you’ll receive an adoption packet including a certificate, biography, update, and a beautiful portrait suitable for framing. To adopt a chimp, visit our adoption page.

 

 

 

Q&A With Sanctuary Director Jennifer Feuerstein

Sanctuary Director Jennifer Feuerstein

Q: What is sanctuary life like for a chimpanzee rescued from a research lab?

A: Every  chimpanzee is different, but by and large, lab chimps endured a barren existence, stuck in small cages of concrete and steel, with few creature comforts. To them, sanctuary is  heaven.  Every banana is an amazing treat, every platform to climb an unbelievable adventure. It’s quite wonderful to see how much the chimps enjoy and embrace their new lives. But it’s also very sad to think of how long these chimps went without such simple pleasures.

Q: How is the experience different for chimps who were once kept as pets?

A: That’s an equally sad  story! Former pet chimps may certainly have endured barren conditions, since often owners banish adult chimps to cages. But these chimpanzees are very humanized and remember sleeping in a bed, eating ice cream, and watching TV. Former pet chimps in  many  ways don’t seem to realize that they are not human beings — and they are afraid of the noisy, hairy creatures (other chimpanzees) they are now seeing. It can be a difficult adjustment.  The key to helping all of our chimpanzee residents feel happy and at home at Save the Chimps is to treat each of them as the individuals they are, and just take it one day at a time.

Q: Which chimpanzee has gone through the most radical change since arriving at Save the Chimps? 

A: One chimp who has changed so much that I hardly recognize her is Moesha.  When we rescued Moesha, she was a mess. She was thin, pale, and had a very thin coat of  air. She was very high-strung — highly anxious, over-reactive, and extremely sensitive. She would scream, rock and clutch blankets to herself for comfort. I honestly wondered if she would ever make it in a social group. Well, I’m happy to say that Moesha proved me wrong. She is now a member of Tapioca’s Group, which is one of the loudest, most rambunctious groups at Save the Chimps. She is sassy, confident, and really enjoying her life.

Q: What are your happiest moments at the sanctuary? 

A: Probably when chimpanzees are first released onto their island home and I get to watch those initial moments of freedom. Since I just talked about Moesha, I’ll share her amazing “first,” because it was quite a miracle. Many chimps born in research labs have never set foot on anything but concrete and steel. Grass is totally foreign to them. So it should come as no surprise that the first time they have a chance to go outside and onto the island, they are a little apprehensive. So imagine my surprise — and the tears in my eyes — when Moesha was the first chimpanzee in her group to bravely walk all the way out onto the island and climb up on a big wooden platform. She went out by herself, full of confidence, and pioneered the way for the other chimps in her family to follow her. It was amazing, and it remains one of my favorite moments.

Q: What surprises you the most about the sanctuary’s chimpanzee residents? 

A: Their resiliency and ability to forgive. If I had to endure even a little of what most of these chimps had to endure, I’d be in a psychiatric institution, and I certainly would have little love for the human race. But they have such big hearts, they are able to heal and forgive. That’s not to say it’s OK to mistreat them because they can recover. It’s not OK. But we can certainly learn a big lesson from them about forgiveness —and about not judging a whole group of people based on the negative actions of a select few.

Q: What would you like to tell sanctuary supporters about what their generosity means to Save the Chimps? 

A: I don’t think mere words can capture the depth of gratitude I have for our supporters. They mean everything to Save the Chimps. Nothing we do here would be possible without their compassion and generosity. To know that there are caring individuals out there who share my love of chimps, and are willing to help us keep this special sanctuary going … well, that keeps me going.

 

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Chimp Champ Recognition goes to Jennie Shalala-Hartman

Chimp Champ Jennie Shalala-Hartman

Jennie Shalala-Hartman has been with Wal-Mart for 23 years and currently serves as the Operations Manager: Compliance-Safety-Asset Protection for the Wal-Mart Distribution Center (#7038) located in Fort Pierce.

Because of Jennie’s enthusiasm, she has coordinated Wal-Mart employees to donate their time by painting seven chimpanzee buildings (Rufus, Doug, Tanya, Tapioca, Bobby, Freddy & Seve) as well as the Kitchen and Garage. In addition, her co-workers have worked creating countless enrichment devices that stimulate and encourage the chimpanzees’ natural instincts to forage.

Aside from Save the Chimps, Jennie helped support Relay for Life, and a conducted food drive to benefit Harvest Food and Outreach. Jennie also teaches the importance of thinking of others with her daughter Hannah who – on her birthday – asks for donations of food instead of presents!

The first time Jennie visited the Sanctuary she fell immediately in love, and once she learned about the history of some of our resident chimpanzees and their lives prior to being rescued she said, “I knew in my heart that I had to support this fantastic organization.”

We are truly grateful and humbled by Jennie’s support and belief in our mission to provide the chimpanzees with a peaceful and dignified retirement!

Chimpanzee pant-hoot Thank You’s to you, Jennie!

Learn more about volunteering with Save the Chimps »

How to Make Chimpinatas

Chimpinatas are a favorite enrichment item for the chimps and a great way to get your class or group involved in helping the chimps. Take a look at this informative video and get as creative as you like!