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Frequently Asked Questions


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May I visit the sanctuary?

Of course! We are not open to the public as an attraction, but we will welcome visitors to Project Chimps for scheduled educational tours and special visit days throughout the year. Sign up for our eNewsletter to make sure you are the first to know when scheduled tours become available, and details on what to expect. We look forward to meeting you!

Why can’t the chimps be returned to Africa where they are from?

We wish they could. We wish there wasn’t a need for sanctuaries like Project Chimps. But unfortunately, they have no other option. Although there are some reintroduction programs in Africa, chimpanzees from US labs can’t be reintroduced to the wild. They don’t have the skills necessary for survival. We do our best to provide the next best thing, but there is no true substitute for the wild life of a chimpanzee.

May I volunteer or intern at the sanctuary?

Absolutely! Please email your interest to to be notified when volunteer opportunities become available.

Where is the Project Chimps sanctuary located?

Morganton, Georgia.

Why were chimpanzees used in biomedical research?

Chimpanzees and humans share over 98.6% of our DNA. Since the 1920’s, thousands of chimps have been taken from the wild and bred in captivity for research because of our likenesses. They were used for testing and experiments, from military flight to infectious diseases because of their similarities to humans. But the landscape has changed for chimpanzees in the past decade or so. Nearly every country has banned or significantly limited invasive research on great apes. In 2013, the US federal government joined the rest of the world and determined that chimpanzees were no longer necessary for biomedical research. We are proud to say that in part because of our work, it appears to be over. For good.

Chimps are so cute! Do they make good pets?

Absolutely not! Chimpanzees are wild animals, and they don’t belong in human homes, where they are expected to live by human rules and ignore their natural instincts. Yes, we agree that chimpanzees can be absolutely adorable, especially when they are babies. But by age 6 and 7, those sweet little babies are faster and stronger than their human owners. Their natural, normal behavior (like wrestling and biting) can be very dangerous to humans. Because of this, owners often have to lock them up in substandard spaces like garages, basements, and cages built into living rooms because they don’t know what else to do with them. With a life expectancy of over 40 years, their natural needs can not possibly be met in a human home. They are wild animals who deserve respect and professional care. No primates as pets! Ever.