Tuesday, September 17, 2002

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COULSTON CHIMPANZEES RETIRED FROM RESEARCH

Elderly researcher turns chimps over to preserve
Last Update: 09/16/2002 15:12:59

[Photo: Caged Coulston chimpanzee accepts a banana.]

(Alamogordo-AP) -- Researcher Frederick Coulston, who helped develop or test treatments for malaria, hepatitis and AIDS, is letting go of all his chimps.

The 87-year-old Coulston says he turned over his remaining chimpanzees at the Coulston Foundation's animal research facility in Alamogordo to a Florida-based center.

The Center for Captive Chimpanzee Care is run by Carole Noon, an animal protection advocate. Coulston says he believes Noon will take good care of the 288 chimpanzees and 90 monkeys.

Coulston says once the transfer is complete he will head to Europe to establish a small company that will study drugs to treat infection and tissue irritation.

At its peak in the 1990s, the Coulston Foundation oversaw 650 chimps and had about 100 employees.