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FNIH Raising Funds to Retire More than 100 NIH Chimpanzees from New Iberia to the Federal Sanctuary System

December 18, 2012

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) is pleased to announce that we are working with Chimp Haven and the Humane Society of the United States in an unprecedented collaboration to raise construction funds to retire all of the NIH chimpanzees from New Iberia Research Center to Chimp Haven, a federal sanctuary that will provide them with excellent care.

In September 2012, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that they were making all of the NIH-owned chimpanzees at New Iberia permanently ineligible for biomedical research.  On December 18, NIH announced that it has developed plans to relocate these chimpanzees to Chimp Haven, the sanctuary that comprises the Federal Sanctuary System. “These animals have made important contributions to research to improve human health, but new technologies have reduced the need for their continued use in research,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

The NIH, the general public and the animal welfare community are eager to move these chimpanzees to the sanctuary system at Chimp Haven as soon as possible. However, due to the large number being retired, Chimp Haven currently does not have capacity to house the more than 100 chimpanzees that must be moved from New Iberia Research Center. While the NIH invests significant resources into the care of these chimpanzees, statutory restrictions limit the NIH’s ability to fund the additional capacity needed. Therefore, the FNIH is seeking private partners to invest in the expansion of Chimp Haven, to retire all of these chimpanzees into the sanctuary.donate nowPlease see for details on this federal sanctuary. For more information on how you can support the retirement of the chimpanzees to the Federal Sanctuary System, please contact Jennifer Ilekis, FNIH Development Officer, at 301-443-1744 or jilekis [at] fnih [dot] org.