Chimp Haven, Inc.

aka Chimp Haven   |   Keithville, LA   |  www.chimphaven.org

Mission

Chimp Haven's mission is to provide and promote the best care of sanctuary chimpanzees and inspire action for the species worldwide.

Ruling year info

1996

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Rana Smith

Main address

13600 Chimpanzee Place

Keithville, LA 71047 USA

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EIN

74-2766663

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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In 2015, the National Institutes for Health made the decision to end biomedical research on chimpanzees, and Chimp Haven was selected as the official retirement sanctuary for those chimps. Since then, Chimp Haven has welcomed hundreds of chimpanzees to retirement at the sanctuary. Our primary mission is to provide happy, long-term retirement for the chimpanzees, and to ensure the safe and timely retirement of the nearly 100 chimps still remaining in research facilities.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Retired Chimpanzees

As the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary, Chimp Haven is currently home to more than 300 chimpanzees. Here, chimpanzees formerly used in biomedical research spend their days on 200 acres of beautiful, forested sanctuary designed especially for them – complete with expert veterinary care, multi-acre habitats to explore, large, dynamic social groups, and healthy foods and enrichment prepared for them daily.

From rambunctious, 2-year-old Carlee to laidback, 60-year-old Jacob, Chimp Haven is home to chimps of all ages and health statuses. The sanctuary is purposefully designed to accommodate the diverse needs of chimps used in research, including those with chronic conditions and infectious diseases. Currently, more than half of our colony has one or more infectious diseases such as Hepatitis A, B, C, and HIV, and 34 percent are being treated for chronic conditions such as arthritis, liver failure, and cardiovascular disease.

Chimp Haven currently employs a professional husbandry staff of 25. The husbandry team ensures that each chimpanzee receives a fresh, healthy diet along with all of their daily living needs. Throughout the day, staff prepares and delivers a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, primate protein biscuits, seeds and nuts, and various forage options. Indoor chimpanzee bedrooms are cleaned every day and outdoor play areas are cleaned every week. Each day, the chimps are also provided with fresh hay, wood wool, or pine straw to build their sleeping nests.

While Husbandry staff ensures the chimps’ daily physical needs are met, the Enrichment team makes sure the chimps are thriving mentally and emotionally. This 8-person team develops tailored enrichment activities for every chimp at the sanctuary, 365 days per year. From sensory experiences like live music performances, to challenging puzzles that require the chimpanzees to use a tool to fish out hidden goodies, there’s no limit to the creative activities our Enrichment team produces. These daily enrichment activities mimic the novel experiences chimpanzees would encounter in the wild and keep our retirees mentally and emotionally flourishing.

In addition to daily enrichment, the Enrichment team also leads our Positive Reinforcement Training Program. This program invites the chimpanzees to partake in their own health and wellness plans by learning to present body parts and various other behaviors that help our veterinary team take the very best care of our retirees. Chimps may also participate in our “Gympanzee” program, designed to help our retirees maintain a healthy body weight by practicing physical exercise. Participation in Positive Reinforcement Training is completely optional for the chimps, and our Enrichment team works hard to make training a positive experience that the chimps enjoy participating in.

Our small but mighty 6-person veterinary team currently provides expert care for the 300 chimps in our colony. From the moment they begin their journey to sanctuary, our veterinary team begins developing a personal relationship with each chimpanzee to ensure their health and well-being. Each day this expert team visits every chimpanzee that lives at the sanctuary. They provide any needed medications and conduct an array of services from basic wellness examinations to dental care and other specialized therapies. Wellness and other physical exams may include ultrasounds, x-rays, and diagnostic blood work. Specialized treatments for ailments such as arthritis include joint supplements and laser therapy.

From our multi-acre forested habitats, to our 15,000 square foot corrals, to our play yards and courtyards, Chimp Haven provides a variety of chimpanzee living spaces to suit the needs of every chimp and social group. While some chimpanzee groups thrive in the forested habitats, climbing trees and patrolling their space, other groups prefer cozier spaces, where they can easily view their friends and surroundings. Whatever the case, Chimp Haven staff works to find a group and living space that works for them. All living spaces include corresponding bedrooms, giving retirees 24/7 indoor/outdoor access. Throughout the year, groups are shifted to new living spaces allowing them the variety and novelty they would experience in the wild.

While Chimp Haven works hard to provide everything a chimpanzee could want in retirement, perhaps the most important element to retirement at sanctuary is the freedom to choose. Here, the chimps always get to choose how and where to spend their days. Whether it’s outside, sunbathing on their favorite platform, inside napping with a friend, practicing their Positive Reinforcement Training with staff, or charming their favorite caregiver for some juice, the chimps run the show here at Chimp Haven. That’s why we like to call life at the sanctuary the “Chimp Life.” There are currently 300 retirees living the Chimp Life, and we can’t wait to welcome the many more who will be joining us soon.

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Our results

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As the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary, Chimp Haven is currently home to more than 300 chimpanzees.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Chimp Haven is working diligently to provide long-term retirement at sanctuary to all chimpanzees formerly used in biomedical research. While there are currently more than 300 chimps enjoying retirement at Chimp Haven, nearly 100 remain in research facilities waiting their turn to come to sanctuary. Chimp Haven’s goal is to transfer those chimps remaining in research facilities to the sanctuary as quickly and safely as possible, where they too can enjoy the Chimp Life.

Chimp Haven currently works collaboratively with the National Institutes for Health and its sending research facilities to transfer chimpanzees to the sanctuary as quickly and effectively as possible. Within the last year, Chimp Haven welcomed 46 new chimpanzees to the sanctuary, with more to come in the coming months.

To ensure adequate space at the sanctuary for the nearly 100 chimpanzees still in research facilities, Chimp Haven is currently undergoing a large expansion project, to include three new multi-acre forested habitats, chimp bedrooms, a dedicated commissary, veterinary clinics, staff spaces, and infrastructure upgrades. Construction for the expansion is currently underway with anticipated completion the end of this year.

Once at sanctuary, Chimp Haven provides all retired chimpanzees with:
•A healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, primate chow, grains and nuts
•Spacious indoor bedrooms cleaned daily
•Daily fresh bedding for nest building
•Large, outdoor enclosures with grass groundcover, climbing structures, swings, hammocks and toys Environmental enrichment activities provided seven days a week, such as novel foods, foraging devices, blankets, pools, and sensory enrichment
•Care and monitoring by a professional behaviorist
•Expert healthcare led by veterinary team
•Freedom to choose where and how to spend their time

Chimp Haven staff and its Board of Directors are expertly positioned to meet the demands of providing long-term care for an aging colony with various chronic conditions. Chimp Haven’s leadership includes decades of experience in chimpanzee behavior, husbandry, veterinary care, and research, in addition to expertise in non-profit leadership, marketing, and fundraising.

Since the first two chimps arrived at the sanctuary in 2005, Chimp Haven has provided retirement to more than 400 chimpanzees formerly used in biomedical research, and continues to safely and efficiently transfer additional chimps from research facilities to the sanctuary each year.

Chimp Haven provides all chimps with the opportunity to live in large, bonded social groups, just as they would in the wild. Group sizes at the sanctuary vary depending on the needs of the chimps in each group, and range up to groups as large at 20 chimps or more. Chimp Haven has a 95% success rate introducing newly-arrived chimpanzees to social groups, and since 2005, has completed 291 of these introductions (and counting).

Chimp Haven’s ultimate goal is to see the day when all eligible former research chimpanzees have the opportunity to retire to sanctuary, and is currently working diligently to bring those chimps to the sanctuary as soon as possible.

Financials

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Chimp Haven, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/16/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stephen Ross

Lincoln Park Zoo

Margaret Landi

GlaxoSmithKline

Katherine Leighty

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Havard Lyons

Ameriprise Financial Services

Crystal Miller-Spiegel

American Anti-Vivisection Society

Edward Ragan

Centenary College of Louisiana

Elizabeth Lonsdorf

Franklin & Marshall College

Sharon Dewar

Public Communications Inc.

Marc Hulin

Charles Rivers Laboratories

Madalyn Allen

IBERIABANK

Kathy Hudson

Patient-Center Research Foundation

Erna Toback

Primatology and Primate Behavioral Consultant

Patricia Turner

University of Guelph

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

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