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kerryclair
05-20-2005, 02:08 AM
IT’S HOME, SWEET HOME FOR RETIRED LAB CHIMPS!
After more than a decade of planning and construction, Shreveport, LA’s Chimp Haven—a sanctuary for chimpanzees who have retired from research and entertainment—has welcomed home its first-ever group of chimps. Early last month, staffers greeted Rita and Teresa, both in their early 40s, who were later joined by more than 20 additional chimps. These days, the new residents are busy building nests and getting acquainted with one another.

“This is truly monumental,” says Chimp Haven’s Linda Brent. “Rita is older than I am, and her retirement from biomedical research is well deserved. We are grateful to the community and to our donors for helping to provide this home. I look forward to having everyone come to know the chimpanzees and learn how special they are.”

Although Chimp Haven will be closed to the public while the chimps get used to their new home, there will be special opportunities for visitors to meet them in late October. For more on the homecoming, and to find out how you can help give these animals the chance to live out their lives in a peaceful, natural environment, please visit Chimp Haven online.
http://www.chimphaven.org/