President's Letter - Fall 2013

Fall 2013

This letter was featured in the Fall 2013 edition of our Chimp Chatter newsletter.  Click here to check it out!

Dear Sanctuary Friends,

We have had a great summer at the sanctuary and hope that you have been enjoying yours as well. Summer is perhaps the chimps’ favorite season, with days spent basking in the sun, foraging for frozen treats, and playing tag in the big outdoor enclosure. Alfie and Linky, the resident lynx, have also been relishing in the warm weather, staying cool with misters and bloodsicles, and lounging under the juniper trees in their spacious habitat.

All of us at the sanctuary, including our wonderful volunteers, have been very busy working on multiple events. We met many new friends at our annual Open House and Hootenanny in June, took advantage of outreach opportunities at our third annual Ales for Apes in August, and recently had a blast with the Chimpanzee Art Contest held by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Now we are focusing all of our attention on the 13th annual Civil War Football fundraiser held right here on the sanctuary property. You can read more about all of these events inside this issue.

We are proud to be one of the founding members of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA), an organization whose mission is “to advance the welfare of captive primates through exceptional sanctuary care, collaboration and outreach.” Our founding members meet annually to discuss current issues surrounding captive chimpanzees and brainstorm possible solutions. It is because of each sanctuaries’ supporters that we are able to begin putting these ideas into action. By supporting Chimps Inc., you send a message that captive chimpanzees deserve better.

A deadly thunderstorm shook the sanctuary recently, ripping massive trees from the ground and leaving a path of destruction in its wake. We have been working tirelessly to clear out the seemingly endless amounts of debris and repair the damage to the enclosures caused by falling trees. Your responses to our call for help were overwhelming, but our already small budget took a significant hit from the cost of emergency maintenance and damage repair so we are counting on donations from you, our generous supporters, to make it through the end of the year. Please consider donating today! It is because of your support that we continue to be one of the top sanctuaries in North America. We are so grateful for your help and dedication to the chimps in our care.