Project Chimps – It's Their Time to Live
I first learned about Project Chimps through actress Judy Greer. I was interviewing Judy on the set of Paramount Players’ upcoming film “Playing With Fire” where she stars opposite John Cena, actor and professional wrestler. Judy is an active member of the board of directors of Project Chimps and visits the sanctuary whenever she is filming in Atlanta.
Project Chimps is a sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia for chimpanzees retired from medical research. No invasive studies are ever conducted there. Their goal is to ensure each individual chimpanzee experiences the best quality of life and enjoys an enriching retirement at the sanctuary. Their staff and volunteers conduct careful scientific observations of the chimpanzee to monitor their behavior and use of the enrichment tools offered, and promote their successful social integration.
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Project Chimps is a Sanctuary and Not a Zoo
Project Chimps provides lifelong care to former research chimpanzees at its 236-acre forested sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Currently, there are 59 chimpanzees living at the Project Chimps sanctuary. Their goal is to house over 200 chimpanzees coming from private research facilities.
It is important to know that Project Chimps is a sanctuary for the chimpanzee and not a zoo. There is a significant difference between a zoo environment and a sanctuary environment. In a zoo environment, animals live in exhibits and guests visit on an almost daily basis. Hundreds, if not thousands, of guests might visit a zoo on a single day. Some sanctuaries are entirely closed to the public while others, like Project Chimps, regulate their visitors.
At a zoo, the exhibit is usually designed so that you can find the animal no matter where they are, hence calling it an “exhibit.” At Project Chimps, the chimpanzees live in a habitat and can choose to visit with the limited guests touring the facility, or they can wander into the depths of their 6-acre forest or into the dens of their bedrooms and stay out of sight. If you attend an event at Project Chimps or book a tour, they have a no guarantee policy on being able to see the chimpanzees as they are not on exhibit. The chimpanzees are in their home and if they want privacy, it’s theirs to have.
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Projects Chimps Main Goal:
To ensure each individual chimpanzee experiences the best quality of life and enjoys an enriching retirement at the sanctuary.
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I love that they’re helping to save chimps. Chimps have historically had a hard row to hoe. They have been used for everything from experimentation to zoos, and none of it has ever been good for them.
This is so cool. What an incredible project and worthy cause for these Chimpanzee. They deserve a safe place to live out their lives.
I completely agree.
They really have had a hard time. The worst part about the medical research is that it hasn’t been proven that it is even beneficial for results in benefitting humans in regards to medicines and treatments.
I want to visit Project Chimps in Georgia! It seems like a great sanctuary. I’ll make sure to tell my friends about this wonderful place.
I hope you get the chance to visit this amazing sanctuary Emman!
Oh wow this is really awesome! Never heard of project chimps but I think it’s great that they are getting a non invasive sanctuary. I also think it’s good they are regulating the visitors
Thank you for taking the time to read the article! Project Chimps is an amazing sanctuary.
Love this project because I really don’t think we focus on chimps enough. Sure, we talk about them because we evolved from them, but typically people talk about elephants, giraffes, etc when it comes to saving a species.
I love that Project Chimps is helping chimpanzees used for medical research live out the rest of there lives in peace and comfort.
The work that Project Chimps is doing to help these animals live in a loving, natural environment is amazing.
It’s so heartwarming to know that there are people with kindhearted soul who are helping and saving chimps. I would love to visit Project Chimps one day too. 🙂
I hope you get the chance to visit the Project Chimps sanctuary. It truly is an amazing place!
Nnniiicceeee….I so much want to visit this site! It so much reminds me of home, Uganda.
It truly is a wonderful place for these lovely animals.
Project Chimps sounds like an amazing sanctuary for the chimpanzees! I hope they reach their goal of housing over 200 chimpanzees from research labs.
I hope so as well!
This is so lovely. What an amazing project. My heart breaks for these animals but at least they got to retire in such a nice place. Thank you so much for sharing, I will try to make an appointment to come in when I am in the area and share with my readers as well.
Thank you Viktoria!
This is so sweet! I didn’t know about this sanctuary and I’m happy I found out. What a wonderful initiative.
Thank you for stopping by!
Project Chimps sanctuary looks like such a great initiative! It´s wonderful that they take care of chimpanzees retired from medical research!
I love the work that Project Chimps is doing for these lovely animals. I also love the slogan – It’s their time to live. So true. These chimpanzees deserve to live out the remainder of their lives in peace.
Projects Chimps sounds like an amazing sanctuary! I hope they are able to get the funding they need to get all of the remaining chimpanzees left in medical research facilities.
I hope so as well.
What a fabulous sanctuary! I love that they strictly limit the number of visitors, so the chimps can just do their thing and enjoy their post-lab life.
Yes, they really do have the chimpanzees well-being in mind.
What a wonderful initiative. Thanks for sharing about it and raising awareness about this important issue.
My pleasure. I love the work of Project Chimps and am happy to share their information.
What a wonderful sanctuary for such beautiful animals. I love that visitors are regulated and the chimps are in a safe environment where they can have a good retirement.
Project Chimps is truly a wonderful place for these sweet animals. Thank you for stopping by.
It sounds like a wonderful sanctuary. Thank you for the well informed post.
A truly fabulous and much needed initiative! The sanctuary helps these beautiful and amazing animals and I love that they regulate the visitors – keeps things safe and stress-free for the chimps.
Project Chimps truly is an amazing sanctuary for these chimpanzees.
This is a beautiful thing. I hate that animals are researched at the scrutiny that they are. I am not innocent either. I visit zoos and aquariums, but it’s awesome that they have a place to go to at the end of it all.
Yes, Project Chimps ultimate goal is to get all of more than 200 retired medical research chimpanzees into their care.
This is a lovely project thank you for sharing this kind of awareness to helping and saving chimps.
This is such a lovely project and wonderful cause. Thank you so much for sharing this, will show my daughter.
Thank you for reading!
This is such an incredible project! I knew Jane Goodall had a sanctuary in Africa, but I didn’t realize Georgia was home to one as well!
Thank you. It really is an amazing place for these lovely animals.