9 research chimps released to sanctuary in an historic first

Such awesome news:

Jennifer, Charisse, Buttercup, Latricia, Samira, Gertrude, Emma, Genesis and Gracie have spent their lives as scientific research subjects at the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana. Now they’re retired, due to the phasing-out of invasive medical research on chimpanzees across the U.S.

On Thursday morning they arrived at the new Project Chimps sanctuary in Morganton, Georgia, to move into their new home.

The arrival of these nine chimps marks the beginning of an unprecedented partnership between the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Project Chimps that will eventually relocate more than 200 retired chimpanzees. This is the first time a non-federal program has arranged to release its entire population of research chimps.

The NIH’s new policy is paying off!

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