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America has had a chimp problem for decades....Despite the NIH decision 15 months ago—and the fact that the government already spends about $1.8 million a year to keep chimpanzees at Chimp Haven—officials are making no promises that the 300-plus newly retired chimps are headed to the Louisiana sanctuary or to any other sanctuary anytime soon.
It goes without saying that a chimpanzee raised to interact with humans will act differently than other chimps. But according to new research, those effects can last for decades after a chimp is moved to a healthy sanctuary — and being the pet of a loving family (which is legal in most states) could actually be worse for the animals than working as performers.
Animal control officials say a northern Kentucky woman made an expensive mistake when she spent $4,000 to buy a monkey, only to later realize it was illegal to have it as a pet in Kentucky. Animal control brought the monkey to Lexington and gave him to workers of the Primate Rescue Center. The monkey will now live at the Jessamine County facility.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will soon be announcing its decision on a proposal that all chimpanzees—even those privately owned and in captivity—be listed as endangered.
If the ruling is enacted, public and privately financed researchers will likely be required to obtain permits for any experiments that harm chimpanzees, and will have to show that their experiments contribute to the survival of chimpanzees in the wild.
Whether chimps are listed as endangered or not, more and more of them can look forward to a home in a sanctuary alongside other chimpanzees, with plenty of good food, things to do, and choices to make. And above all, the chance at long last to simply be a chimpanzee.
Click to read the story of Maggie, a former pet macaque who was rehabilitated here at the Primate Rescue Center and is now happily and finally living a more species-appropriate life.
Five new monkey species have just been added to the animal record books, according to a new study.