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Your donation helps provide care for the nearly 240 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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Happy World Chimpanzee Day



Today is World Chimpanzee Day, a day created to honor and celebrate our closest living relative. July 14 was chosen as World Chimpanzee Day as it marks the anniversary of Dr. Jane Goodall stepping foot in Gombe Stream National Park to study wild chimpanzees in 1960.

Here at Save the Chimps, our mission is to provide exemplary care to chimpanzees in need, and our vision is a world in which chimpanzees are free from exploitation and endangerment. With over 200 chimpanzees on 150-acres, we strive to provide each resident with individualized care to meet their needs and today we would like to introduce you to one of our residents who has benefited from this care – JR.

JR was rescued from a small roadside zoo in June of 2013. It was discovered that he has a cardiac arrhythmia, a condition which requires daily monitoring. Thanks to the dedication of his care and veterinary staff, JR was trained to place his fingers on a Kardia device for mobile EKG readings, which are taken three times each day. Due to his heart condition and some behavioral abnormalities, JR lived in a small group of chimpanzees here at the sanctuary rather than in one of our large chimpanzee families. The decision was made that for his best quality of life, JR be given the opportunity to join Seve’s family, which was home to 17 chimpanzees. A structure attached to Seve’s building, known as the Primadome, allowed staff to gradually introduce him into the family, at a pace that was comfortable for him. Watch this video to learn more about the Primadome and JR’s progress.

JR now enjoys the companionship of Seve’s family as well as the freedom of a 3-acre island. He has choices on how to spend his day, whether he groom with friends, climb to the top of the Primadome, or find a quiet place to relax and bask in the sun on the island, and freedom of choice is what sanctuary life is all about.

Donate in honor of World Chimpanzee Day!

Thank you — we’ve reached our goal!

It’s the last day of our Board Match, and Marlon hosted an important zoom meeting with his committee. There was much excitement over the big announcement that we have reached our goal! See for yourself; watch the meeting between Marlon, Arthur, Nigida, and Cartier.

As you can see, Marlon raised some excellent points. Donors truly are amazing people. All money raised directly benefits the chimpanzees residing at Save the Chimps, and since we raised $210,000 the Board will now match those dollars! That means with your generous support, we raised $420,000 for the chimpanzees in our care.

Thank you for your support!

Thank you for your Pledge

Thank you for your pledge!

Thank you for your pledge in honor of World Chimpanzee Day on July 14th. Since you made this pledge during our Board Match Challenge, it will go twice as far in caring for our beloved chimpanzee residents.

Get to know some of the chimpanzee residents you are supporting by visiting our Meet the Chimps page.

Keep up with the sanctuary and chimpanzees by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day


50 years ago this week, a Democrat and a Republican pulled together a coalition that initiated the first ever action day for the Earth. Their efforts had a ripple effect that ultimately led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air Act. Two years later Congress passed the Clean Water Act. A year after that, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act.

This week we are honoring and celebrating the spirit of that movement. And although we are unable to get together physically, we can show our support for the Earth and all of it’s amazing creatures in numerous ways. We hope you will join us digitally this week as we celebrate the spirit of optimism and civic duty that inspired that very first Earth Day.

This is a year where we all hope for healing, there is no better way than to celebrate and uplift our planet and all its inhabitants.


Be on the lookout each day this week for another way you can participate in celebrating the Earth, and of course, our amazing non-human cousins, the chimpanzee.

And, if you haven’t yet participated in our Board Match Challenge, we urge you to give a gift now or pledge (if you can’t give now) in celebration of World Chimpanzee Day on July 14th.


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Thanks for being our partner on this journey

This past January we celebrated the 16th anniversary of the end of the Great Chimpanzee Migration. The migration feels like a lifetime ago—but so does January. It’s amazing how drastically all of our lives have changed in such a short time and how big our worries have grown.

And yet, there is hope that our circumstances will change and that we will soon be able to throw our doors open and embrace the world once again. But just like our chimpanzee cousins, we must remain patient on this journey and enjoy the view from our window, while we dream about the day when we can embrace one another again.

Each and every one of you has been our partner in this journey. For that we thank you and honor your generosity. If you haven’t yet given as part of our Board Match Challenge, please consider giving now. Your gift can make twice the difference.

Help us continue to protect our resident chimpanzees by giving today. Only gifts and pledges made by May 15th will be matched, you can make a real difference in the lives of our residents, won’t you please give now?

Watch! Details on Chimpathon 2020

Join us for Chimpathon on April 19!

Did you know Chimpathon is now a 5k, 10k, and fun walk?! Each course takes you through Save the Chimps, passing the twelve island homes of our nearly 240 chimpanzees. Enjoy hearing the wonderful sounds of pant-hoots and watching the chimpanzees roam as you run or walk beside their island homes. Out of consideration for our sanctuary residents, registration is limited.

It’s not just the course that makes Chimpathon special! Every registrant will receive a Chimpathon t-shirt and a goodie bag filled with an assortment of donated giveaways. Each finisher will receive a collectible Chimpathon medal. The best part is, 100% of all dollars raised directly benefit the nearly 240 chimpanzees living in permanent sanctuary at Save the Chimps.

Space is limited. Register today to secure your spot.

Chimpathon Expands with New Course: Fun Walk, 5k & 10k

Save the Chimps, a non-profit sanctuary providing life-long world-class care for chimpanzees in need, located in Fort Pierce, Florida today announced plans for its upcoming signature fundraising race, Chimpathon on April 19th, 2020. New this year is a 5K, 10K and fun walking course designed by Jacob Davis of Southern Timing — who has been named as the 2020’s Chimpathon Race Director.

“We are thrilled to help Save the Chimps raise essential funds for the lifelong care of their resident chimpanzees – participants will love the changes we’ve made to enhance the course,” added Jacob Davis.

The 6th annual Chimpathon on April 19, 2020 offers a unique opportunity to visit the Save the Chimps Sanctuary, which is normally closed to the public out of respect to its residents’ privacy.  Sponsorships are being sought, as they are a key part of the event, allowing 100% percent of the proceeds to benefit the chimpanzees.

“Chimpathon is a great event for us, not only do the runners enjoy the experience of a lifetime but we’ve found that the chimps really enjoy it too,”. “It’s a fun, unique event that raises essential funds.”

Since its founding in 1997, 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.

The race starts at 7:00 a.m. and is open to runners and walkers, aged 16 and above on a course certified by the USA Track and Field Association. The course begins on Header Canal Road, along a paved road, where runners will enjoy the tranquility of the native Florida landscape. Then onto Carole Noon Lane which leads you into the 12-island, 150 acre sanctuary for a rare opportunity to view the home of more than 230 chimpanzees rescued from the space program, laboratory research, the entertainment industry, and the pet trade. The race course is separated from the chimps “islands in the sun” by large moats, as chimps cannot swim. As you wind your way around the chimps’ islands, you will be greeted with excited chimpanzee pant-hoots. You may even spot Arthur, this year’s Chimpathon mascot, giving you a rasberry as you run past his island.  The finish line ends on the sanctuary grounds.
Register today! 

Thanks a bunch!

You made National Banana Lovers Day the best one yet!!

Thank you to everyone who donated toward our goal of raising funds for a month’s supply of bananas- that’s over 22,000 bananas! As a thank you for your incredible support please enjoy the photos above of our residents eating bananas. Your support toward the banana fund not only gives our residents important nutrition, it also brings joy and excitement to their day. Chimpanzees have a unique vocalization called a food grunt in response to food that they are excited about. When the cart of bananas is rolled in at mealtime, a wave of enthusiastic food grunts can he heard throughout the sanctuary!