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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

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Auction ends this Sunday!


All Things Chimp Auction
Just Two Days Left!

In just two days the gavel falls and the bidding closes on our All Things Chimp summer auction—one of our biggest events of the year, and your chance to support our mission while you bid and win (and have fun).

Don’t miss out on bidding! There are still great opportunities in all our auction categories, including …

Behind-the-Scenes Sanctuary Experiences:
Want to shadow our chimpanzee behaviorist, take six friends on a private tour, spend three hours photographing the chimps, or win other once-in-a-lifetime experiences at Save the Chimps’ sanctuary?

Original Chimp Art:
The chimpanzees at Save the Chimps are not only beautiful, sensitive, and intelligent—some of them are also amazing artists! We’ve selected some one-of-a-kind artwork for you to bid on, win and display, but you’d better hurry!

Artists’ Renderings of Chimpanzees:
There’s something about chimpanzees that just seems to inspire great artists to create extraordinary art. These talented painters and photographers have donated their works for you to bid on, and you won’t want to miss your chance.

Gift Collections:
We’ve pulled together some of our very favorite gifts for the All Things Chimp summer auction, with all auction proceeds going to support food, medical care, enrichment and everything the chimps need.

And So Much More:
You can see and bid over 100 auction items here >> But hurry! There are only two days left so get your bids in now!

Save the Chimps First Primadome™ Climbing Structure Opens to Chimps

Thanks to Generous Contribution & Staff Ingenuity

Fort Pierce, FL: Save the Chimps, a non-profit sanctuary for retired chimpanzees located in Fort Pierce, Florida has opened its first Primadome™– a geodesic structure designed especially for great apes – to one of the sanctuary’s family groups. This exciting new addition was the result of a true collaboration and group effort: plans for the dome were arranged and oversaw by Save the Chimps Director of Facilities & Project Management Mark Norton; funding was generously donated by the Ronald J. Woods Charitable Trust; and it was assembled on site by Save the Chimps maintenance crew headed by Maintenance Manager Nate Lopresto. In addition, the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida provided valuable insight from their experience assembling Primadomes™.

“We are thrilled to be able to give our chimps a new play space —  thanks to the generosity of the Woods Charitable Trust– where they can enjoy each other and new experiences, and it is all the more satisfying to have this come to fruition because of such a great team effort,” stated Interim Executive Director Todd Archer, CPA.


An Essential Place for Enrichment, Exercise & Play

The Primadome™, a pre-fabricated geodesic dome especially designed to enrich the lives of captive great apes, was developed by Texas construction and building pioneer Allan Brandes in the early 1990s. Since then it has enriched the lives of chimpanzees and orangutans at many sanctuaries, zoos and research facilities around the United States. “These types of vertical spaces, where they have the space to swing, and to climb are very enriching for the chimps, we are very excited to have this new feature in place,” stated Director of Chimpanzee Care Services Dr. Andrew R. Halloran.

The exterior structure was assembled from 100 fabricated mesh steel panels set on a circular concrete foundation designed to local building codes. Coastal Building Contractors from Port St Lucie, FL constructed the concrete foundation.

Representatives from sanctuary care staff, behavior department, and facilities collaborated on the interior design consisting of feeder boxes, water stations, interchangeable enrichment elements,  ladders, platforms, and ramps. All of which maximize space for climbing, and giving the chimpanzees multiple areas to perch, one of which, the cupola, offers one of the most panoramic views across the sanctuary for chimps. “We really put a lot of thought into what the chimps might like to see and use, and have available, so we provided areas for shade as well as play,” added Facilities Director Mark Norton. The floor of the Primadome™ is made up of both sod and platforms. JPT Sod in Fort Pierce provided a partial in-kind donation of sod for the floor of the Primadome™.


Location Chosen for a Special Purpose

Save the Chimps senior staff elected the family on Seve’s Island to serve as the location for the sanctuary’s first Primadome™ for several reasons. Seve’s Island is the home to an active group of chimpanzees, several of which have special behavioral considerations. One chimp in particular, J.R. and his group of companions, prefer to be away from the larger family group, and enjoy their time together. By locating the Primadome™ on Seve’s Island, J.R. and his intrepid group can have the private time they crave, either on the island or inside playing in the Primadome™. “This structure really allows us the ability to maximize each of the areas for each of the groups, giving J.R. and his smaller group the quiet time away from the larger group,” added Dr. Halloran.

The specific location of where to erect the Primadome™ presented several challenges as well, given that there is a grouping of several mature palms adjacent to the main building on Seve’s Island. Ultimately, the ground staff decided on a spot sixty feet from the main building. As such, a 60 foot custom walkway was constructed to allow for safe transfer of the chimps from the main building to the new structure. “As the main structure was being finalized, the chimps have been introduced to the walkway and they love that space too,” added Mr. Norton.  There are spaces to allow for enrichment in the walkway as well, and plans to add a digital scale to aid in the health monitoring of the chimpanzees.


Planning Underway for Four More

The sanctuary has conceptual plans for four more Primadomes™ on the grounds. “With the right funding in place, and given our recent in-house experience putting this one together, we can easily give more resident chimps access to such a space,” stated Mr. Archer.


A Legacy of Caring

Since its founding in 1997 by Primatologist Dr. Carole Noon, the sanctuary has successfully retired 333 chimpanzees from unsuitable living conditions, allowing them to live out their days in a safe, secure, and vibrantly social community alongside their fellow chimpanzees. The retired chimps now live in large family groups on 12 separate three-acre islands, where they receive three fresh meals daily, first rate medical care, and a variety of activities in an enriched environment.

Save the Chimps is committed to providing sanctuary and exemplary care to chimpanzees in need. As the world’s largest privately funded sanctuary for chimpanzees, Save the Chimps relies 100% on annual donations from generous groups and individuals. Out of respect for its residents’ privacy, the sanctuary is closed to the public except for two member days each year, the next of which is October 5th, 2019. For more information or to donate your time or treasure, visit


Bid on Experiences of a Lifetime!

Some of the most extraordinary items in our All Things Chimp summer auction can’t be wrapped in a box or tied with a bow.

They are once-in-a-lifetime, life-changing experiences you can have at Save the Chimps if you are the high-bidder!

Want to win one for yourself, or maybe you and some friends? Place your bid now, and prepare to experience your …

Private VIP Tour for Seven
During your guided tour of this beautiful 150-acre chimpanzee sanctuary, you will be able to observe the chimps “up close and personal” as they roam their island homes …

Field Experience at Save the Chimps
Go behind the scenes as you spend a whole day with our Director of Chimpanzee Care, and learn just how challenging and rewarding caring for nearly 250 chimpanzees can really be …

Be a Chimp Behaviorist for a Day
Observe the chimps close up. Learn about their unique behaviors and personalities as they interact. And discover all that goes into insuring the welfare of our fascinating chimpanzee residents …

Photo Experience at Save the Chimps
Ever dreamed of photographing chimpanzees? You can do just that when you spend three hours photographing at the sanctuary, with opportunities to capture the chimps enjoying all the freedom and beauty of their island homes …

That’s just a sample of the amazing items you can bid on during our All Things Chimp summer auction. There is still time to bid, but you’d better not wait. Bid now or your favorite items could slip away.

Thank you for your support!

Ready, Set, Auction!

It’s time to start the bidding for our annual summer auction

All Things Chimp Summer Auction
Starts Today. Get Bidding!

The All Things Chimp summer auction starts today. It’s time to get in on the bidding so you won’t miss out on any of your favorite items!

You can now place your bid on amazing gifts, items and experiences like:

But all great things (even All Things Chimp) must come to an end. This auction only goes until June 16. Which means the time to bid early and often on the items you want most is now. Three, two, one … AUCTION!

Thank you for your support!

The Auction Starts Tomorrow!


All Things Chimp Summer Auction
Starts Tomorrow!

Our annual All Things Chimp summer auction starts tomorrow which means YOU need to do two things today:

  1. Check out the amazing items available for auction like original chimp art, gift baskets, and once-in-a-lifetime behind the scenes experiences at the sanctuary
  2. Set up your account with auction frog (it’s quick and easy) so you’ll be able to bid on all your favorite items!

Get in on the auction with our All Things Chimp summer auction, starting tomorrow. It’s fun, there are almost 100 fantastic items to bid on, and all the proceeds raised go directly to benefit the nearly 250 chimpanzees residing at Save the Chimps—who need loving care, food and medical attention, enrichment and so much more.

Our goal is to raise $40,000 and you can help. The gavel is up and it’s three, two … are YOU ready? Get ready to bid!

Thank you for your support!

What’s on the chimps’ Wish List?

What would you give to help the chimpanzees at Save the Chimps if you knew you could give them just what they wanted?

Would you give watermelons for Wally? Kale for Kayla?

Or maybe a bowl of sweet, juicy summer peaches … for Pumpkin?

Make a gift from our Wish List now, and you can make it any of those favorites—or select from other popular chimp choices like bananas, corn and sugarcane!

Our Chimp Wish List is a fun and engaging way to give because you’ll know your gift is helping to make the chimps’ world a better place when they get their favorite foods delivered to them by our caring staff.

You’ll also help Save the Chimps cope with the rising costs of daily care—not only food, but also enrichment and medical care, including the special needs of our older chimps.

My wish is that every chimpanzee at Save the Chimps will spend their years in peace, comfort, dignity and happiness. It’s a wish you help make happen with every gift you send.

But I think chimps have wishes of their own. Don’t you? Just like us, they definitely have their favorite foods and activities.

Please help make their wishes come true—and care for their basic needs—by selecting a gift from the Chimp Wish List now. Thank you!

Flat Elway Contest!

It’s that time of year again. 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 (based on Google), one photo at random, and the photo with the most reactions on our Facebook album.

We are always excited to see all the places ‪#‎FlatElway‬ will go and look forward to seeing his new adventures.

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

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

Honor Mom While Supporting Chimps

Mother’s Day is May 12!

Show your mom, aunt, grandma, or any motherly figure in your life how much they mean to you with a gift from Save the Chimps.

Adopt a Chimp

Symbolically adopt a chimpanzee who lives at Save the Chimps. Take pride in knowing that your adoption gift will help provide complete care including three fresh, healthy meals of fruits and vegetables each day, loving care from specially-trained staff, maintenance of your chimp’s beautiful island home, individualized medical care, and enrichment activities to fulfill their lives. You, or your chosen recipient, will receive a customized adoption certificate, biography, photo, and update of the chimpanzee of your choice. Choose to have your adoption packet emailed to guarantee delivery in time for Mother’s Day.

Choose from 12 chimpanzees available for adoption, including two moms – April and Jennifer!

Donate in Her Honor

Donate in her honor and choose to have a beautiful, customized Mother’s Day certificate mailed or emailed. Choose to have your certificate emailed to guarantee delivery before Mother’s Day.


Thank you for your support!


Honoring Dr. Noon and the chimps she loved

It is difficult to believe, but it has been 10 years since the passing of Dr. Carole Noon, co-founder of Save the Chimps. Not a day goes by at the sanctuary without remembering her legacy and the dream she brought to reality here in Florida.

Today we’re announcing a new way to honor our co-founder, Dr. Carole Noon, and her legacy of caring for retired chimpanzees. We have built a NEW Tribute Patio at Dr. Noon’s former sanctuary home and will be providing a number of ways to share your passion for supporting our chimpanzee residents.

Since our founding, Save the Chimps has retired 333 chimpanzees to sanctuary with the dignity that they deserve, thanks to the support of people like you. A brick in memory of each one of our amazing residents who have passed has a place on the new patio. When you visit our special memorial page today, you can give $100 in memory of one or more of these special souls.

This is the very first chance to contribute to this new Tribute Patio, so let’s make a little history together as we remember Dr. Noon and the chimpanzees who called Save the Chimps home.

Longtime friends remember well Dr. Noon and her dream of creating a home for chimpanzees retired to sanctuary from a variety of unsuitable living conditions, including the original 21 chimps who came from the the Air Force’s space program.

Today, that dream lives on at Save the Chimps. It’s been 10 years since we lost Dr. Noon, and we’ve built this new brick patio to remember her, as well as the chimps she (and we) loved.

The area containing the chimp memorial bricks is closest to Air Force Island, viewed from the house she made her home at the sanctuary. It was a special place for Dr. Noon, and it’s often the starting or stopping place on sanctuary tours. It’s a beautiful, quiet, contemplative place, and the brick you dedicate will help form the foundation on which Dr. Noon’s legacy, and yours, will live on.

Thank you for your strong support of Save the Chimps. You have been part of our history of service to the chimpanzees who call our sanctuary home. Today we urge you to help secure our future — and the future of our chimps — by making a donation in honor of a tribute brick for our new patio.

May 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!


May 1, 1991


May 1, 1987
Gabby Gabriella Dec 2011


May 4, 1989

Sarah Dec 2011


May 4, 1993
Hailey Dec 2011 (2)


May 5, 1982

Ricky Feb 2013 (1)


May 5, 1988


Little Rock

May 6, 1969Little Rock 2


May 8, 1984Eboni


May 10, 1998



May 10, 1996



May 11, 1996

Sherry Dec 2011 release

Angie the 2nd

May 12, 2003Angie


May 15, 1990



May 16, 1993

Patty Sep 2010 (3)


May 18, 2000

Phoenix Nov 2011 (2)


May 18, 1998

Apollo Feb 2013 web


May 19, 1985



May 20, 1987

Clay 2011


May 20, 1985

Jasmine 150x150


May 21, 1999

Elway 2 copy


May 22, 1981

Melissa (4)


May 22, 1986



May 24, 2000



May 24, 1999

Kiley June 2012 (11)


May 27, 1987

Jeffrey sept 2011


May 30, 1995