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#ChimpChat: A Breakthrough With Genesis

Lindsay Vanderhoogt

Eleven-year-old Genesis is a special chimpanzee. She was born at the New Iberia Research Center on April 4th, 2005 and lived there until retiring to Project Chimps in September 2016. Since her arrival at the sanctuary, caregivers have grown to know and love Genesis and her quirks. “Genesis is the loner of the group. She […]

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#ChimpChat: Jennifer and Michael

Lindsay Vanderhoogt

Jennifer, our focus for today’s #ChimpChat, was born at the New Iberia Research Center on April 21, 2006 where she lived for 10 years before retiring to the Project Chimps sanctuary in September of 2016. Caregiver Michael describes Jennifer as energetic, playful, and friendly. They seem to share a special bond. “Jenny will stop me […]

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#ChimpChat: Charisse and Brooke

Lindsay Vanderhoogt

Today’s #ChimpChat is all about Charisse. Charisse was born in 2005 at the University of Louisiana’s New Iberia Research Center and came to live at the Project Chimps sanctuary in September 2016. We turned to our chimpanzee-caregiver Brooke to learn more about Charisse. The three words Brooke uses to describe Charisse are compassionate, rambunctious, and […]

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#ChimpChat: Patrick and Joel

Lindsay Vanderhoogt

Today’s #ChimpChat is all about 15-year old, male chimpanzee Patrick, who is described as cautious, expressive, and chimp-oriented. This week caregiver Joel discusses his relationship with Patrick and how his personality has evolved since his arrival at the sanctuary last November. “In my opinion, Patrick’s personality has progressed the most out of all the males […]

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#ChimpChat: Samira and Janie

Lindsay Vanderhoogt

Today’s #ChimpChat is all about 13-year old Samira, according to her friend and caregiver, Janie. Samira is quite possibly the easiest chimp to identify at the Project Chimps sanctuary. She has piercing amber eyes and unique black facial markings that form a V on her face. In three words, Janie describes her as “tender, tremendous, […]

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#ChimpChat: Josh and Michael

Lindsay Vanderhoogt

Today’s #ChimpChat is all about Josh according to caregiver Michael. Twenty-six-year-old Josh is currently the oldest chimp at the Project Chimps sanctuary. He has a unique physical appearance with a light, bespeckled face and gray, almost blonde hair down his back. Michael describes Josh as a “happy and playful chimp, with a bit of a […]

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#ChimpChat: Quintin and Brooke

Lindsay Vanderhoogt

Today’s #ChimpChat is dedicated to the intelligent, energetic, and captivating Quintin. Caregiver Brooke and Quintin have had a special bond ever since Brooke helped move his group of seven male chimps into their new home at the Project Chimps sanctuary last November. Since then, Brooke has continued to build a strong relationship with him. “Quintin is […]

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Job Opening: Veterinarian

Lindsay Vanderhoogt

Veterinarian Project Chimps, a nonprofit sanctuary for chimpanzees retired from research facilities and other industries, is seeking a full-time veterinarian for the medical care and treatment of its resident chimpanzees. Currently home to 16 chimpanzees, Project Chimps expects to accommodate up to 300 chimpanzees within the next five years. This position offers the opportunity to […]

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#ChimpChat: Buttercup and Joel

Lindsay Vanderhoogt

Today’s #ChimpChat features the one and only Buttercup through the eyes of her dear friend and caregiver, Joel. “Since my first moment meeting Buttercup she’s had such an impact on me,” Joel explained. “My first day,” he said, “She ran up to the mesh and wanted me to say hello. I knew this due to […]

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