We want to share the love today because you are a part of this happy story. Six years ago, seven baby chimps and their mothers arrived at Chimp Haven, the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Louisiana. Every Valentine’s Day, AAVS commemorates their release from a lab with our annual grant designated for their care.
Through our TLC for Chimps Fund, AAVS made a commitment to provide Total Lifetime Care for those seven youngsters, who are flourishing in their forever home at Chimp Haven. It is so gratifying to learn about their development and progress; here are highlights from Chimp Haven’s most recent report:
- The cleverest of the group, Arden (age 10) is always keenly aware of her surroundings. She hides food and goes to special places to eat in peace. She also cares for her younger sister, Carlee.
- Mischievous Diane (age 9) might take aim and spit at staff, but her comedic antics provide laughs as well, proving she just wants to get a reaction.
- Confident, calm, and observant, Jimmy (age 9) is poised to become the alpha male of his group. He wants to be the first to access food treats, and most other chimps defer to him.
- Squirrelly Mason (age 9) is always on the go, and seeks opportunities to prank both fellow chimps and humans. Never at rest, he’s always looking for a good time.
- Like any typical teenager, Onyx (age 8) is often unpredictable in her mood and behavior—from day to day, she can be social and playful, cool and withdrawn, or needy for nurturing.
- Riley (age 7) is a tiny guy who thinks he is huge. Fortunately for him, the status of his dominant momma allows him to get away with all sorts of naughtiness.
- Quilla (age 8) and Riley are best friends and enjoy playing together—swinging on the firehose, jumping, tumbling through the grass, tickling, and poking.
TLC for Chimps helps achieve AAVS’s vision for animals formerly used in laboratories: that they enjoy life with competent, compassionate care at accredited sanctuaries, knowing that they will never be hurt again.
AAVS’s TLC will go a long way; in fact, it will last a lifetime.
Thank you for your compassion. You make a difference!
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