Chimp Life

A City For Over 250 Chimpanzees

The chimpanzees live in large family groups on 12 separate 3-acre islands

Most of our residents lived alone in small confined cages for decades.  The islands give the chimps choices and control over their own lives, choices they never had.  
Grass, palm trees, hills, and climbing structures allow the chimps to run and roam, visit with friends, bask in the sun or curl up in the shade providing them with the life they have always deserved. 

The most important gift these chimps have is each other

In the wild chimpanzee communities may range in size from 15 to 120 chimps of both sexes and all ages. In their former lives as research subjects, pets, and entertainers, most of the chimps lived alone. These chimpanzees are now getting a second chance at life.  They live in large family groups of up to 26 members and are learning how to play, love, laugh and groom, all natural for chimpanzees.

They Love to Receive and Eat 3 Fresh Meals a Day

Help us feed the chimps by donating today

Chimpanzees are opportunistic feeders, meaning they consume fruit
and vegetables that are ripe and available during different times of the
year. Here at Save The Chimps we are able to obtain nutritious food
items year round to provide three balanced meals per day. You always
know it’s meal time around here as the food cart is greeted by loud
excited vocalizations from the chimps!

Our Chimps Eat:


The chimpanzees love corn and we’re glad they do
because it’s rich in potassium, antioxidants and fiber. As our
bodies age, our cells produce free radicals that cause damage
to the surrounding cells. Vitamins and other substances found
in certain foods act as antioxidants to help prevent this. Corn
is loaded with Vitamin C, E and carotenoids to help prevent
heart disease, high blood pressure and protect the eyes from
degeneration. Finally, corn is full of insoluble fiber that helps  
prevent constipation.

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When most people think of oranges, they think of Vitamin C. While it is true that a medium sized orange contains 134% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, oranges have many other less-famous health benefits. Vitamin A in oranges maintains healthy skin, gums, and eyes and oranges also contain Vitamin B. Like apples, oranges also contain the dietary fiber pectin that protects colon health and helps decrease cholesterol levels. They also contain many phytochemicals such as narigenin that boost the immune system, decrease inflammation, and work as anti-oxidants. Our chimpanzees never waste the white stuff between the peel and the fruit, often referred to as “pith.” This bitter-tasting component contains vitamin C, fiber, and the phytonutrient herperidin that acts as an anti-inflammatory, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and may help relieve diarrhea and upset stomachs.

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Bananas are an excellent source of potassium that is found in the fruit and in the peel. This important nutrient reduces the risk of stroke, helps to decrease blood pressure (along with magnesium), and helps them to maintain muscle health. Bananas are also uniquely high in vitamin B6 that is important for immune system function, brain and heart health. They also contain vitamin A, C and D. At Save The Chimps we have noticed that chimpanzees that have an upset stomach will often eat the inside of the peel more that the fruit. The peel contains a flavonoid called leucocyanidin that helps protect the stomach from excess acid. The banana peel also provides extra fiber for digestion, insulin that boosts iron absorption, and lots of antioxidants including leutin, that helps protect eye health.

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Taking Care of Our Chimps

Our chimps also receive top notch medical care from our staff of veterinarians

This includes preventative health screenings – echocardiograms, ultrasounds, radiographs and blood work -to find and treat medical problems early in the course of a disease. It also means treating acute problems when they occur. Our veterinarians, consulting specialists, technicians and a community of volunteer medical doctors guarantee that the chimpanzees’ health issues are addressed with the latest diagnostics and best medicine available. 

Every year our vets:

  • Perform dental procedures: chimpanzees don’t get cavities but still require dental care such as teeth cleaning and extractions of infected teeth.
  • Screen for cardiac disease: 40% of male great apes in captivity are diagnosed with heart disease. Baseline cardiac echocardiograms are important to catch and treat heart problems early.
  • Treat geriatric concerns : 20 % of our population is over 35 years old and their health problems are different than the younger chimpanzees. The elderly develop such ailments as arthritis, hypertension, digestive problems and strokes. Also, the vets must take into account how their illness impacts them in their social group to make sure they remain happy and safe.

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Dr. Bezner with the "Vetmobile"; Save the Chimps' mobile surgical unit.

We Even Celebrate Birthdays,
Halloween, and Christmas

Just like us, chimpanzees love a good party and this is a great opportunity to provide them with enrichment.

The chimps celebrate holidays such as Chimpentine’s Day, Chimpoween, and Chimpmas, complete with streamers and special treats scattered throughout their island. Our dedicated volunteers and caregivers love nothing more than putting on a good party for the chimps to enjoy.

Scroll through the photos to see for yourself!

Your Support Makes All This Possible

fresh daily meals
Medical care from our veterinarians
Maintaining their island habitats
Enriching activities to keep life interesting