The Fauna Chimps

The chimps who call Fauna home finally have the chance to live in peace

No longer confined to tiny cages or subjected to invasive experiments, the Fauna chimps now delight in the simple pleasures of life: sunshine and fresh air on their faces, room to play and rest, plenty of special treats to eat and new things to discover.

How the chimps joined Fauna

In 1997, Fauna had the privilege of welcoming 15 chimpanzees — Annie, Billy Jo, Binky, Chance, Donna Rae, Jean, Jethro, Pablo, Pepper, Petra, Rachel, Regis, Sue Ellen, Tom and Yoko. They were all from the now defunct research laboratory, LEMSIP (Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates).

In 2002, we welcomed the arrival of Toby, from the St-Felicien Zoo. In 2007, Maya, Sophie and Spock, who were also used in research as children, came to us from the Quebec City Zoo. In 2013, we welcomed Loulis and Tatu, both signing chimpanzees from CHCI (Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute) in Washington state. Our last two chimpanzees, Dolly and Blackie, arrived at Fauna in 2016 from Parc Safari in Hemmingford, Quebec.

Never forgetting their past

A research laboratory cage from LEMSIP sits on the Fauna property, out of sight of the chimpanzees. It serves as a daily reminder of the atrocities the chimps had to endure before finding a peaceful home at Fauna. Our work is not done until all research chimps everywhere are safely relocated to sanctuary.

Research laboratory cage from LEMSIP
Fauna Foundation Chimpanzee Plaque

Forging a better future

“For decades they languished in cages like this, victims of research, until the day of their rescue by a place that would come to be Home.”
—A plaque on the Fauna property

See the Fauna Chimps’ Skywalks and Islands

Loulis & Tatu in skywalks

Dolly in treehouse

The Chimps

Rising costs of care

Caring for our chimpanzees costs approximately $18,250+ per year, per chimpanzee. The countless health issues that the chimps suffer from as a result of the years they spent in research laboratories, as well as normal aging, demand expert staff, veterinary care, expensive medications, quality diets and special climbing and enclosure structures, in order to make their remaining years as comfortable, safe and enjoyable as possible.

Chimpanzees in sanctuary can live an estimated 45+ years. We work hard to help our chimps live as long and as healthy as they can. This takes not only our personal commitment, but also the security of funding to be able to do so. Consider donating to our Lifetime Care Fund — and help us fulfill our promise to them for a lifetime of the quality care they so deserve.

Fauna Foundation Chimpanzee Loulis