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 on 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.
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 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.
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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