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Last Modified: September 12, 2008Chimp Haven

In 2001, a group of primatologists applied to the U.S. National Institutes of Health for permission to construct and operate a sanctuary system for chimpanzees. One year later the NIH approved the application and Chimp Haven was given responsibility for operating the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary System. In 2003, construction began on 200 acres of beautiful forest land that had been donated by the citizens of Caddo Parish and the first chimpanzees were brought to their new homes in April, 2005. More than 100 chimpanzees now live in large, comfortable, and peaceful natural enclosures inside Chimp Haven whose mission is to provide lifetime care for chimpanzees that are no longer used for medical research, or as pets, or by entertainment companies for movies.  

Chimp Haven is also dedicated to educating people about chimpanzees

The goal of Chimp Havenís management is to share their knowledge about chimpanzees with the public in order to improve the welfare of chimpanzees everywhere and to increase public awareness and concern for their safety. In 2005, the Chimp Haven Learning Center initiated the Trails project in which people can tour the facility and learn about chimpanzees at Chimpanzee Discovery Day events held once per month. Local schools transport young students to Chimp Haven on field trips, and more advanced veterinary students often come to Chimp Haven in order to learn more about providing care for chimpanzees, apes and other monkeys.  

Chimp Haven is located at 13600 Chimpanzee Place in Keithville, and their contact phone number is (318) 925-9575. For the latest information about events, people can also call the Chimp Haven Hotline at (318) 925-5630.