Chimpanzees in the Media

Boom in Retiring Lab Chimpanzees Fills New Sanctuaries With Apes

As U.S. laboratories phase out the use of chimps, former research subjects fill specially designed facilities. In recent years, the movement to end invasive research on these animals, humans' closest genetic relatives, has gained force. Now, special sanctuaries, designed specifically for chimpanzees, are opening their doors to these great apes. They're here to serve the chimpanzees who served humankind as subjects of government-funded biomedical research.

posted 09/16/2014 7:26 PM

Former lab chimps bask in their hard-won retirement

110 federally owned chimpanzees who previously resided at the New Iberia Research Center are settling into their new, spacious home at Chimp Haven, a 200-acre chimpanzee sanctuary in Keithville, Louisiana.

posted 09/04/2014 8:43 PM

Marbles, beloved SCZ chimpanzee, dies at 44

Sedgwick County Zoo regrets to announce that Marbles, chimpanzee, has passed away. Marbles, approximately 44 years old, has always been one of the most recognizable animals at the Zoo. Not only was Marbles the oldest male chimpanzee at Sedgwick County Zoo, but his charismatic personality made him a local celebrity.

posted 08/26/2014 12:14 PM

Two Oregon chimpanzees undergo electrocardiograms

Two chimpanzees living at Chimps Inc. underwent electrocardiograms Wednesday at the Central Oregon sanctuary as part of the Great Ape Heart Project, a nationwide effort to monitor and combat heart disease in captive apes.

posted 08/14/2014 9:47 PM

Senate committee advances captive primate bill

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed the federal Captive Primate Safety Act, which would prohibit transporting primates in interstate commerce for the exotic pet trade.

posted 07/31/2014 4:28 PM

USDA investigates Texas Biomed after primate deaths

Texas Biomedical Research Institute, one of the few facilities still performing medical research on chimpanzees, is under investigation by the USDA after the death of two primates housed at the laboratory.

posted 07/29/2014 4:38 PM

The movie theater is no place to take a chimp

After animal trainers escorted two young chimps to the opening night showing of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” at a Myrtle Beach, S.C., multiplex theater, the publicity stunt was roundly condemned by officials of animal welfare organizations and primate sanctuaries.

posted 07/28/2014 11:24 PM

Chimpanzees Don’t Belong on Either Side of the Theater Screen

After Myrtle Beach Safari brought two young chimpanzees to a movie theater last week to see "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" amongst public movie-goers, Debbie Metzler with Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest discusses the publicity stunt and the inappropriate use of live chimpanzees in film.

posted 07/24/2014 5:58 PM

All 110 New Iberia Research Center chimpanzees arrive at Chimp Haven

After a year and a half of intense planning, fundraising and traveling, all 110 federally owned chimpanzees formerly used in research at the New Iberia Research Center have been retired to Chimp Haven.

posted 07/02/2014 7:30 PM

Ebola and ethics: Is animal welfare killing wild apes?

The discussion about if and how to involve captive chimpanzees in the development of vaccines to protect their wild cousins is just beginning. Primate experts are cautious about carrying out research on captive apes. The issue is far more complex than just comparing what's worth more: the welfare of captive animals or the survival of apes in the wild, explains Steve Ross, Director of the Lester Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes.

posted 06/30/2014 2:33 PM