My name is Larry and I would like to share a story with a happy ending with you on this Giving Day for Apes. It’s people like you who make happy endings possible at Save the Chimps.

My story is not unlike that of many of the more than 800 chimps still awaiting retirement from research laboratories, entertainment, and the pet trade.

I spent the first years of my life at a popular attraction. When I was nine, I was sent to the Coulston Foundation—a biomedical research laboratory with the worst record of any lab in the history of the Animal Welfare Act—where I lived in isolation for a decade in a building known as the Dungeon.

At the age of 19, I was rescued by Save the Chimps. This is the happy ending part. I now live in a chimpanzee family on an a three-acre island at the beautiful Sanctuary in Fort Pierce, Florida.

You can help bring more chimps just like me home to sanctuary! We are provided lifelong exemplary care, so a new island needs to be built to receive those in imminent need.

Because of YOU, we are able to live dignified and peaceful lives. Please help the Sanctuary reach its goal tonight! Thank you!