World Chimpanzee Day is a celebration of chimpanzees and an opportunity to raise awareness about the vital need for worldwide participation in their care, protection, and conservation in the wild and in captivity.

With the first-ever World Chimpanzee Day just two days away, we would like to share with you this message on conservation from Dr. Andrew Halloran, Director of Chimpanzee Care at Save the Chimps. With Dr. Halloran’s work in Sierra Leone, he sees first-hand the challenges that chimpanzees face in the wild and works closely with local communities to remedy these challenges.

To learn more about chimpanzees both at Save the Chimps and in the wild, click here. And don’t forget to tune into Facebook this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. EST to learn more about Save the Chimps in a special live event hosted by our staff veterinarian Dr. Bezner. Follow us on Facebook today!

Did you know?

July 14, 1960 is the day Dr. Jane Goodall first stepped foot in what is now Gombe Stream National Park to study wild chimpanzees. At that time, it was sadly still legal to capture and import chimpanzees to the United States for use in medical research. Dr. Goodall worked with many individuals and organizations to support the passage of the Endangered Species Act, which stopped this practice in the early 1970s. Several of our own residents were born in the wild in Africa before the passage of the Endangered Species Act and sent to the former Coulston Foundation laboratory in New Mexico before finding peaceful and dignified retirement at Save the Chimps.

Peaceful and dignified lifetime care for the chimpanzees in our sanctuary is our mission here at Save the Chimps, and it’s a mission you support each time you donate. Please consider making a gift now in honor of World Chimpanzee Day.

Thank you for your support!

Also watch, a video message from Dr. Debra Durham on chimpanzee behavior