Monday, December 02, 2002

FEDERAL CHIMPANZEE STORAGE FACILITY GETS ASSISTANCE

3 from MU part of push for chimp home
By Katie Bunker Cox News Service

OXFORD | Two Miami University professors and a student are helping chimpanzees around the country find a new place to monkey around.

Chimp Haven was founded in 1995, driven by its goal to provide chimps no longer needed in research or entertainment with a permanent home. This dream soon will be realized in Caddo Parish near Shreveport, La., where a 200-acre sanctuary within a nature preserve will be set aside for chimpanzees selected from around the country.

After the passage of the federal Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance and Protection Act in 2000, Chimp Haven submitted a 675-page application in hopes of being selected to receive funding of the first chimp sanctuary of this scale. Now Chimp Haven is part of a $24 million contract from the National Institutes of Health, and still must raise $6 million to match these federal funds....

Construction of the sanctuary is scheduled for the spring or early summer of 2003. Chimp Haven President Linda Brent said that she anticipates that the first group of chimps will move into the sanctuary in the spring or summer of 2004.

Chimp Haven will select and move chimpanzees to the sanctuary in phases, with the first phase including about 75 chimpanzees. Brent said that ultimately Chimp Haven hopes to house 200 chimpanzees....