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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

Ways to Give:

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!

In Loving Memory of David

In loving memory of David

“Forgiveness is an attribute of the Strong.” Mahatma Gandhi


David, one of the most beloved chimpanzee at Save the Chimps, passed Monaaway from heart failure after many years of treatment. He was an incredible being and will be sorely missed by his chimp and human families. We generally write our tributes describing who the chimpanzee has become once they are given the opportunity to live a more fulfilling life at Save the Chimps. But for dear David, we wanted to show the true meaning of forgiveness by sharing his life story with you.

David was born in Africa. If he had been allowed to stayed there, his mother would have lovingly cared for and fiercely protected her young son. David would have nursed for 5 years. He would have ridden on his mom’s back while foraging for food, for, teaching him what to eat and what to avoid. These early childhood experiences would have shaped his social skills, personality, survival ability, and character. David would have spent his whole life in his natal territory surrounded by a large family and eventually fathered children himself.

But David never got to experience that life. Instead, he was snatched from the forests of Africa and brought to the United States for biomedical research. Although we have no information of his early years, David ended up at a laboratory called LEMSIP located in upstate New York. Here, the chimps were singly housed in cages suspended from the walls. The fetid feces and urine that piled beneath the cages caused a horrible, caustic odor. There was no outside access, nesting material, fresh food or enrichment. For over 10 years, David languished in this small space. Weekly he was sedated with ketamine, which stings when given in the muscle. He would probably sit in anticipation of the pain and distress because his food would be withheld while the other chimps ate around him. The records reflect that for ten years he was injected weekly, had multiple substances introduced into his body and was subjected to constant blood work and liver biopsies.

When LEMSIP finally closed, David and other chimps were sold to the Coulston Foundation in New Mexico, a laboratory with one of the worst animal welfare violations records in history. He spent 4 years living in isolation in building 300, a dark, dank structure referred to as “the dungeon” by Dr. Noon. The chimps were housed alone in cement cells with no outside light, no ability to see their neighbors and no stimulation.  And in one of those enclosures sat dear, sweet David.

David was kind, handsome and lovable, though never subservient, from the moment we met him. He garnered respect from every chimp and caregiver who was lucky enough to know him.  He had piercing brown eyes that stared directly at you, communicating his intelligence and exposing his soul and forced you to open yours. He was a chimp among chimps; kind, smart and dignified. He formed a strong bond with everyone in his family, but particularly Pele, who remained close by for the rest of his life. Although he was diagnosed with heart disease in 2006, he lived an active and enriching life.  David’s family made the move to Florida in May, 2009 and soon after, the doors to the island and his new life opened. David  remained a gentleman until the day he died. 

Now that is forgiveness………

Join us in remembering him.

It is important to us to honor each chimpanzee who passes away with an individualized tribute. Announcing the loss of one of the residents is not immediate, because it takes us time to mourn and put into words the life, memories, and personalities of each individual.

Learn more about how we honor the passing of beloved residents.