Our residents are inside and safe in preparation for possible landfall of Hurricane Isaias in our area in the early hours of Sunday.
When designing the Sanctuary, we knew hurricane evacuation would not be an option. Therefore, the chimpanzees’ spacious indoor enclosures were built to endure the strength of hurricanes with their reinforced concrete and steel design. Normally, the chimpanzees are able to choose whether they would like to be indoors or out, but during a hurricane, they are secured indoors. Thankfully, the chimpanzees are always eager to come inside during severe weather. We provide them with extra blankets and enrichment. A team of staff who we refer to as the ride-out crew are currently onsite to provide care to the chimps during the storm. They will remain onsite until the storm passes. A big shout-out to all of our staff for keeping the chimps safe and well cared for!
Thank you for your concern and your support for our beloved chimpanzee residents.