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October 26, 2021

Painful Past

We Can’t Let Her Down

After a huge controversy about animal cruelty, New York University’s Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP) closed in the mid-1990s. The lab started transferring chimps for use as test subjects to yet another notorious facility, but with the secret help of a compassionate laboratory veterinarian, some were spared that fate. Wildlife Waystation in California made room for 41 LEMSIP chimpanzees, and they have lived there ever since.

But Wildlife Waystation is now closed, and each chimp needs a new home as soon as possible.

Meet Magic! At 17 years old, Magic is the youngest chimp at Wildlife Waystation. She was fortunate to grow up living in a proper social group with other residents at Wildlife Waystation, including both her parents, Jeff (46), and Ernesta (27), who came from LEMSIP.

She and many of her friends need your help to ensure that they reach accredited sanctuaries where they will all be safe.


  • grooming other chimps
  • initiating games of chase with her friends
  • napping in the sun with her mom

Please support AAVS’s BUILD IT! Campaign and help ensure that Magic and her friends reach new, permanent homes.

You are the key to success. Along with new homes, your support will also ensure that these chimpanzees will enjoy a rich and nutritious diet filled with a variety of fruits and vegetables, expert veterinary care, and natural habitats where they can socialize, play, and climb. Their lives will be filled with choice, compassion and stimulation that can only be found in sanctuary.

Thanks to a few generous AAVS donors, every contribution received for this year’s BUILD IT! Campaign will be DOUBLED. Any amount you can give is worth twice as much!

Thank you!

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