The Journey from Research to Rescue

Pledging Haven, Healing and Happiness to Chimpanzees

Nearly 2,000 chimpanzees live in the United States. In spite of more than 13 years since the National Institute of Health declared it would no longer support the use of chimpanzees in federally funded research, there are approximately 850 chimps which still remain in research laboratories across the United States.

Many of the chimps living at Wildlife Waystation today were adopted from biomedical research laboratories that closed due law reform. Through the years, we’ve accepted more than 60 chimps. Some of the older of the chimps had lived the majority of their lives confined to 5 x 5 x 7 cages in the labs.

Today, Wildlife Waystation is home to 39 chimpanzees. Through the years, we’ve worked hard to provide the chimps with comfortable, relaxed and fun experiences. They live in family groups of four to eight mixed ages and genders. Our population is physically healthy and emotionally content. They receive daily enrichment activities including toys, interactive exercises and games, switching living quarters and are able to climb through aerial walkways.

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Honey B

One of the smartest chimps at Wildlife Waystation, Honey B, carefully watches the chimp care-taking team and imitates everything they do. She enjoys cleaning up her area. She’ll sweep and loves to use the hose. She is strong willed though too, and when she gets angry, you know who is in charge.

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Charlie Chuckles

Before his life at Wildlife Waystation, Charlie a.k.a. “Chuckles,” was castrated to keep him small and calm. Also, his canine teeth were filed down. In 1994, Chuckles’ life changed when he came to Wildlife Waystation. At over 50 years old, he’s one of our oldest chimps. Chuckles is a bit reserved, but he also likes to play, especially with his friend Magic. Chuckles loves special treats like hotdogs, popsicles and oatmeal.

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Cy was born in a biomedical research facility. He arrived at Wildlife Waystation in 1996 and was taught body part identification. This is important because if a chimp gets sick it allows our veterinarians to administer meds, like insulin, or draw blood anesthesia. Cy is always quick to pick up commands and is an exemplary pupil.

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Josh is one of the most playful chimps at Wildlife Waystation. He loves to playfully grab at other chimps’ feet to get them to chase him around. He is also the first to notice if any of the chimp caretakers get new shoes. He always wants to inspect their fashion choices. His best friend is Sabina. The pair will often share snacks with each other -- even their favorite treats.

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Mystery lives in our largest chimpanzee group with some of the young chimps that came with him in 1996. Mystery enjoys snuggling with blankets and scooting around on them. He enjoys fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and loves Red Vines licorice and the banana nut bread he gets on special occasions.

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Shauri Ya Mangu

Shauri Ya Mangu is affectionately known as ShaSha. Her mother, Alexis, was from a biomedical research facility. Alexis had been an orphan and had no knowledge of how to care for an infant. So, ShaSha spent her first years raised by our Founder, Martine Colette. ShaSha is the youngest chimp in her group, but bosses around the biggest males. She loves to write, paint and look at books.

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One of the quieter chimps, December, tends to rely on his friends in his family group to support him and hang out with him. He is not the dominant male in the group, but rather he is a mellow guy that enjoys a quiet life. December is 25 years old. He sometimes has to deal with allergies, but he’s healthy and enjoys the other guys in his family group.

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In 1985, Jeff was one of the first chimps to the Waystation. He loves to paint. He also likes to open presents and nap in the morning sun. Jeff has a unique vocalization which sounds like an elephant. Jeff always has a smile on his face, will wave hello and goodbye and is always eager to please. He is one of our oldest, sweetest chimpanzees and a favorite of the staff.

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Our Chimps: The Journey From Research to Rescue

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Future Plans for a Chimp Village

The chimpanzee sanctuary community is actively working together to advocate for more chimps to be released from research facilities. In the coming few years, we are seeking to increase our population to help meet demands of more chimps finally being released from labs.

To see our long-term plans for an expanded chimp village, watch this 3-minute video, narrated by actor Ron Perlman.

Chimp Art Supplies

Give the gift of Creativity

Wildlife Waystation is preparing a unique experience to raise awareness about our vital work with chimpanzees. An art exhibition will be held featuring paintings created by our own chimps! Funds to cover the costs of the project are needed; canvas, paints, brushes, and recording devices total $5,000. Activities like these provide stimulating enrichment for the chimps.

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Chimp Den Boxes

Help Us Sleep Tight

Our current chimp den facilities are showing wear and tear after so many years of use. These need to be refurbished within the coming months while the weather is warm. Winter is very cold in the mountains and the chimps will not have access to the den boxes during the process. The cost is approximately $60,000 for two dens with a heated concrete floor.


Chimp Evacuation Tunnel

Keep Us Safe in Emergencies

We have been raising funds to build an escape tunnel for emergencies such as fires. A tunnel allows us to move the chimps as a group rather than spending hours trying to anesthetize them individually. This substantially reduces the chimps’ level of stress, as well as reduces potential dangers of darting and sedation, which is especially important for the elderly chimps with heart conditions. The cost to build the tunnel is $45,000. We’ve raised $23,000 to date.

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