The Issue: Cost of Providing Chimps with a Nutritious Diet
Save the Chimps feeds nearly 300 chimpanzees on a regular basis. Veterinarians monitor the animals’ diets to ensure they are getting all of the essential nutrients, which come from a mix of fresh fruits and vegetables and specially formulated monkey chow. Save the Chimps goes through 1,320 bananas per day alone, and it relies on donor funding to sustain a nutritious diet for its charges.
The Campaign: Funding Fruits and Vegetables for Chimps
If 21 people donate $5 to this Grassroots campaign, then Save the Chimps can feed a family of about 20 rescued chimpanzees for one day. The chimps eat three meals a day, which primarily consist of fresh fruit and vegetables such as bananas, pears, onions, and beets. The menu changes daily to ensure well-balanced nutrition. Each additional $5 raised will feed another chimp for one day.
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Save the Chimps
Save the Chimps was originally founded by Carole Noon in response to an announcement from the US Air Force that it would no longer be conducting research on chimpanzees. The chimps were subsequently donated to a biomedical laboratory. Save the Chimps sued the Air Force on behalf of the chimps, and after a year of legal battles, gained custody of 21 chimps descended from forebears who had participated in the NASA space research program. Save the Chimps then purchased a 150-acre sanctuary where it built a 3-acre island with hills, shelter, and climbing structures for the chimps.
Today, Save the Chimps maintains a permanent sanctuary for the care of approximately 300 chimpanzees rescued from research laboratories, the entertainment industry, and households where they were kept as pets. The chimps live on a series of 12 interconnecting islands where they can roam freely. Caregivers come in to feed them, engage them in play without physical contact, and clean their living spaces. Because it does not endorse captive breeding, Save the Chimps performs vasectomies and employs female birth control with its animals. It also limits access to the chimps, only allowing visits from the board of directors, people who are working with the chimps, and specially invited members of the public.