Chimp Haven set to almost double in size

Friday, November 9, 2012 - 11:44pm

110 chimpanzees are looking for a place to retire, after working hard their whole lives, at a research facility in New Iberia.

And the place they have their hearts set on, is Keithville's Chimp Haven.

Chimp Haven is just as excited to have them, and they believe that they could rescue about 50 of them almost immediately, and the rest of them shortly after.

Chimp Haven has several half build structures the rescued chimps could live it, they are just working on a way to fund the building of the homes.

One way they are considering funding the construction is by private donations. They are calling the program "The Road to Chimp Haven". For more information on the program, or to make a donation, click here.

And the expansion wouldn't just be helping the chimpanzees, it would also be stimulating the local economy.

The additional animals would allow the sanctuary to hire 16 additional employees and would generate about $1.2 Million annually locally.

It would even help right away; Chimp Haven believes construction of the homes would bring about $2.45 Million to the area.

If the chimpanzees aren't able to retire here, they are scheduled to be sent to a biomedical research lab in Texas.

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