Chimp Haven, Inc.

A New Beginning

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

Mrs. 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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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. Chimp Haven’s husbandry, enrichment, behavior, and veterinary programs are specially designed to care for the unique needs of chimps of all ages and health statuses, and the sanctuary is purposefully designed to accommodate the diverse needs of chimps used in research, including those with chronic conditions and infectious diseases. 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, or practicing their Positive Reinforcement Training with staff.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries 2012

Affiliations & memberships

North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance 2010

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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 03/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ph.D. Katherine Leighty

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Margaret Landi

GlaxoSmithKline

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.

Madalyn Monarch

IBERIABANK

Kathy Hudson

Patient-Center Research Foundation

Erna Toback

Primatology and Primate Behavioral Consultant

Joseph Bielitzki

Ott, Bielitzki & O’Neill

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/17/2022

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