Keeping several hundred chimpanzees healthy through a preventative healthcare program and treating such conditions as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and arthritis, is more than a full-time job. The well-being of every individual is something we strive for every day!
YOUR donation to our 2017 Annual Fund Campaign will allow us to continue providing healthcare to our Sanctuary residents and may have a significant impact on other chimpanzees as well.
Save the Chimps is becoming a world leader in chimpanzee veterinary healthcare thanks to you. We are collaborating with primate experts around the globe to share information about conditions, diagnostics, and state-of-the-art medical treatments.
As the Senior Veterinarian at Save the Chimps, I see the impact of your generosity every single day. Your support allows us to shed new light on serious health threats such as heart disease which is the leading cause of death in male captive chimpanzees, but is rarely reported in the wild.
Other medical conditions that affect the chimpanzees include arthritis, strokes, hypertension and renal disease. A significant percentage of the chimpanzees at Save the Chimps are growing older and advancing age brings with it geriatric health issues. Most of the chimps spent years confined in laboratories used as research subjects and that too has had a major impact on their health. The more cutting edge medical care we can provide, the more we can help give them longer, happier lives at their sanctuary home!
Your Annual Fund gift today will help to provide:
- Health Monitoring: Something as simple as turning down a favorite food (you know how chimpanzees love to eat!) can be an indication of a health problem. Close monitoring alerts us to possible health issues right away.
- Healthy Food, Exercise, and Enrichment: Just as with humans, being overweight and leading a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to many diseases, including diabetes. Your support helps to provide proper nutrition, island structures for exercise, and enrichment for psychological stimulation of these extremely intelligent individuals.
- Medical Care: Taking care of the chimpanzees means providing many of the same medical services that human beings receive – including echocardiograms, radiographs, and MRI’s. Laboratory tests, diagnostic imaging, and medications are expensive but necessary to deliver excellent medical care. Our goal is to use these tools so the chimpanzees can live longer and healthier lives!
And now, we are about to embark on the next phase of our Sanctuary veterinary care!
Save the Chimps is in the planning stages of a comprehensive Chimpanzee Care Center — a world-class veterinary facility at the Sanctuary, with state-of-the-art equipment to address the various diseases and other threats to the chimps’ health.
Like everything we do at Save the Chimps, providing healthcare is a labor of love. Every chimpanzee is a unique individual with his and her own needs. A specialized healthcare plan is designed for each chimp – just as your doctor would do for you.
Thank you, as always, for your friendship and support.
Dr. Jocelyn Bezner
P.S. Our 2017 Annual Fund Campaign is such an important fundraising effort this year. I’m hoping you’ll do your part to help us fund the care our chimpanzees need. Thank you for all the love and support you have shown, and for helping fulfill our promise!
100% of your donation will support the care of chimpanzees.