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:
ADOPT | DONATE | SHOP

12 islands. Nearly 250 chimps. One rewarding job!

This year, we thought you’d enjoy hearing from some other folks on the Save the Chimps team.

We all see the impact of your support every day, and we all appreciate the commitment you’ve made!

My name is Dave. I’m a welder by trade, but my role on the maintenance staff could be described as “anything and everything.” When someone describes a project that needs to be done, I can build it.

Storm preparation and readiness? We do that. Building platform puzzle feeders for variety and enrichment? That, too. Keeping the equipment here running? That’s part of the job as well.

My Maintenance teammates and I do all this and more thanks to you. Please make your year-end gift to Save the Chimps today.

Just think about what it takes to keep this sanctuary running. We have 12 islands and nearly 250 chimpanzees. There’s always something going on. We need to be ready for anything!

And we rely on your support to provide whatever the chimps need. We’re always trying to make things better, keep the chimps safe, be prepared for storms, create new enrichment opportunities, and more … with your help.

Right now $20,000 is available to double your donation. That doesn’t happen every day! But we want to raise every dollar before December 31. We haven’t reached this goal yet with $13,815 raised so far, but with your help we can get there.

I am proud to work at Save the Chimps. This place has given me just as much as I have given to it. Thank you for being a part of our community. And thank you for sending a gift during our year-end campaign. When you give today, your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar, for twice the impact.

Thank you,

Dave Benjamin
Welder, Maintenance Staff

Surprise someone with a meaningful gift!

Looking for great gift ideas for your chimp-loving family and friends? You just found them!

ADOPT A CHIMP

Put a smile on someone’s face by symbolically adopting a chimpanzee in their honor. Your gift will support the care of the chimpanzee you choose. Gift recipients will receive an adoption certificate, a biography, a portrait, and an update.
Adopt a chimp.


SHOP

Choose from an assortment of items including apparel, original chimp art, books, and gifts. There is something for everyone!
Shop the gift shop.

Your purchase supports the nearly 250 chimpanzees in our care. Thank you for your support!

December Birthdays

Who doesn’t love presents?
The chimps do and they  most definitely deserve them!

Visit our wishlist to send goodies for the chimps.
A big pant-hoot thank you for your generosity and support! 

Samantha

December 6, 1992

Samantha Feb 2013 (4)

Alari

December 8, 1996

Alari 150x150

Holly

December 9, 1985

Holly chimpmas 2011

Lea

December 10, 1984

Lea 2

Kira

December 11, 1998

Spencer

December 14, 1986

Spencer 800

Tammy

December 16, 1983

Tammy (9)

Sable

December 16, 1999

Sable

Val

December 19, 1995

Val 11:7:14

Chrissy

December 20, 1994ChrissyBanner

Angie the 1st

December 21, 1987

Angie #1 June 2012

Dwight

December 24, 1992

Dwight

Cayenne

December 27, 1982

Cayenne2013

Doc

December 27, 1983

Doc tn

 

 

Molly Polidoroff, Executive Director of Save the Chimps, is retiring…

Molly Polidoroff, Executive Director of Save the Chimps, is retiring as of November 30, 2018. The staff and Board of Directors wish to express their deep gratitude to Ms. Polidoroff for serving the mission with such commitment over the last four years.

The Board will retain a search firm for the selection of a new Executive Director. While this search is underway, Todd Archer is serving as Interim Executive Director. Mr. Archer has been the organization’s Chief Financial Officer since September 2017, during which time he has accomplished much in streamlining and upgrading the operations of the finance department. The Board looks forward to sharing an announcement of a new Executive Director in 2019.

Gift ideas you won’t find anywhere else

Have you seen all the fun categories in our All Things Chimp online auction? You have the chance to bid on life-changing experiences, one-of-a-kind art, and unique gift ideas in the six categories described below. At the same time you support our nearly 250 chimpanzee residents.

If you’ve been waiting to bid, please don’t wait any longer. The auction ends tomorrow, Sunday, November 18th. Happy bidding!

Behind the Scenes Experiences
Bid on extraordinary and life-changing experiences at the sanctuary! This is your chance to tour the sanctuary, spend a day in the field, experience photographing the chimps, and more! You don’t want to miss these great opportunities!
Bid Now

Chimp Art
Bid on one-of-a-kind art by our chimpanzee residents. Painting is an enriching activity that many of our residents enjoy. The chimps work intently – swirling their brushes, fingers, and sometimes their tongues, in circles or broad strokes – filling the once blank canvas with color. **NEW ITEMS ADDED**
Bid Now

Gift Ideas
Choose from a variety of gift ideas including Save the Chimps merchandise, a hand-crafted chimpanzee cigar box, a Save the Chimps Sea Bag made out of recycled sails, and more! There’s something for everyone but don’t forget to shop for yourself! **NEW ITEM ADDED**
Bid Now

Photography
Adorn your walls with captivating images of our beloved chimpanzee residents.
Bid Now

Collaborative Primate Art
Here’s your chance to purchase extraordinary collaborative art by human and chimpanzee artists. Choose from two collaborative art pieces available by human-artist Nathaniel Gold and our chimpanzee residents.
Bid Now

Artist Renderings
Bid on captivating portraits of beloved chimpanzee residents by digital artists Saula Cutter and Jan Wilson.
Bid Now

Remember. . . bidding ends this Sunday, November 18th at 9pm EST*

*Items that receive bids in the last ten minutes of the auction will enter into Bid Wars and remain open until they have not been bid on for ten minutes.

 

 

 

 

Happy Friday! New Items Added to the Auction!

 
 

 

To help reach the sanctuary’s auction goal and bring you more great gift options, we’ve added new items!

If you’ve been waiting to bid, please don’t wait any longer. The auction ends this Sunday, November 18th. Happy bidding!

Chimp Art
Twelve new paintings by our beloved chimpanzee residents have been added to the auction. All chimp art includes a photo and bio of the artist and makes a fun and unique holiday gift. Be the first to bid on one of these beautiful paintings!
Bid Now

Gift Ideas
New gift ideas have been added to the auction including Save the Chimps merchandise, skincare and beauty products, park-hopper tickets to Walt Disney World, and more!
Bid Now

Photography
In addition to the framed photos in the auction, there is now a set of unframed photos available featuring residents Little Rock, Pepsi, Lil’ Connor, and Andres.
Bid Now

Collaborative Primate Art
A new collaborative painting has been added to the auction! This portrait of Clay is by human artist Nathaniel Gold and chimpanzee artist Lisa Marie.  It is one of two collaborative art pieces available by Nathaniel Gold and our chimpanzee residents.
Bid Now

Remember. . . bidding ends this Sunday, November 18th at 9pm EST*

*Items that receive bids in the last ten minutes of the auction will enter into Bid Wars and remain open until they have not been bid on for ten minutes.

Truly unique gifts from the sanctuary – available now!

Our All Things Chimp online auction is an opportunity to purchase gifts for everyone on your list – even for those who seem to have everything. You have the chance to bid on unique items and experiences. At the same time you support our nearly 250 chimpanzee residents. It’s a win-win situation!

“Bring the sanctuary home with you” by bidding on one of these items—or select from over 60 other great gifts for the chimpanzee lover in your life!

Bid on unique art by our chimpanzee residents.
Choose from over 30 original art items like this beautiful canvas by Tuffy, a great conversation piece for any room.
Bid Now

Have it all with gift sets!
You really CAN have it all with this gift bag filled with nearly everything we sell in our gift shop – all things chimp, of course!
Bid Now

Bid on one-of-a-kind items.
Choose from a wide variety of apparel, gift sets, and more—even a unique pair of lounge chairs painted by our beloved chimpanzee residents.
Bid Now

Bid on human-chimpanzee collaborative art!
This one-of-a-kind collaborative portrait of Lisa Marie and Jaybee is by human-artist Nathaniel Gold and chimpanzee-artists Jude and Brandy.
Bid Now

Bid on photos of our beloved residents.
Choose from an assortment of framed photos of our beloved chimpanzee residents, including this portrait of Belinda.
Bid Now

Bid on artist renderings of chimpanzees.
Take home artist renderings of our chimpanzee residents including beautiful portraits of April, Garfield, Bobby, and Jaybee.
Bid Now

We’re thankful for YOU and the bids already received—you are so important to Save the Chimps. If you’ve been waiting to bid, please don’t wait any longer! The auction ends this Sunday, November 18th. Join in the fun and start your bidding today.

 

A Veterans Day message from retired astronaut Robert L. Crippen

On Veterans Day, we remember those who have served our country.

I commend all who have made the choice to serve in order to ensure the best possible future for our country.

I count the United States Air Force chimpanzees as service members. Their service dates back to the beginnings of the space age when they were used in research evaluating the physical effects of space travel on the body.

Without them, space travel for the first human astronauts would have come with even greater risk. As pilot on the first Space Shuttle mission, I fully understand the risks and rewards of being first. The Air Force chimpanzees experienced much risk without any reward. In fact, these chimps faced compulsory participation in biomedical research when their involvement was deemed as no longer required for the space program.

In 2001, 21 Air Force chimpanzees, who were either survivors or descendants of the chimps captured in Africa for the space program, arrived as the first residents of Save the Chimps. The photo above is from my visit to the sanctuary in 2009, along with the late Scott Carpenter, who was the second American to orbit the Earth and fourth American in space. Together, we paid tribute to the chimps who paved the way for us.

Today, I remember all the Air Force chimpanzees who served, including the seven of the original 21 who remain at Save the Chimps. I invite you to do the same. Thank you.

Click here to learn more about the remaining Air Force chimps at the sanctuary.