BENEFITING: SAVE THE CHIMPS
EVENT DATE: Jan 01, 2010
We established this non-profit in response to the U.S. Air Force's announcement that it was getting out of the chimpanzee research business. Most of the chimps were sent to The Coulston Foundation, a biomedical laboratory with the worst record of violations in the history of the Animal Welfare Act. We sued the Air Force on behalf of the chimpanzees and after a year-long struggle, gained custody of 21 chimps.
In 2002, The Coulston Foundation, with funding withdrawn due to animal welfare violations, was about to go bankrupt. The lab offered to sell the laboratory land to us and "donate" the remaining 266 chimpanzees. On September 16, 2002, we took over and overnight became the world’s largest chimpanzee rescue sanctuary.
We purchased 150 acres in Florida and constructed 12 three-acre islands, complete with hills, shelter, and climbing structures. Attached to the islands is a secure, hurricane-proof indoor housing area, where the chimps are served meals three times daily.
Our mission is to create a sanctuary where rescued chimpanzees can live out their lives without the threat of ever returning to a laboratory or being used in the entertainment or pet trade.
The islands of grass, palm trees, hills, and climbing structures allow the chimps to run and roam, visit with friends or find a quiet corner to relax, bask in the sun or curl up in the shade. The islands give the chimps choices and control over their own lives, choices that were lacking during their 30+ years of confinement in small cages. For the first time in their lives, these chimps have fresh food, enrichment activities, compassionate caregivers and, most importantly, the establishment of social groups.
Over half of the chimpanzees have already made the move from the laboratory to their sanctuary. With your donations, we’ll be able to give the others their freedom.
We can't erase the pain from their past, but we can provide them with the retirement they’ve so greatly earned.
THE ARCUS FOUNDATION WILL GENEROUSLY MATCH EACH DOLLAR DONATED THROUGH APRIL 30, 2011.