One Small Step...the story of the space chimps




One Small Step


Early History


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Enos


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Center for Captive Chimpanzee Care

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Center for Captive Chimpanzee Care

artist conception of final sanctuary

The Center for Captive Chimpanzee Care was established in 1997 under the leadership of Jane Goodall and Dr. Roger Fouts. It is the first sanctuary in the United States dedicated exclusively to chimpanzees.

The sanctuary will provide a permanent home and lifetime care to chimpanzees retired from research facilities or who have been abandoned by owners no longer able to adequately care for them. Once the Center is fully operational, it will be home to 150 chimpanzees.

The Center will also operate as an educational facility. They will provide non-invasive, behavioral research opportunities for students and will work to educate the public about the behavior and culture of chimpanzees, the threats chimpanzees face in their natural habitats, and current conservation programs.

In 1999, after a year long legal battle, The Center for Captive Chimpanzee Care was awarded custody of 21 Air Force Chimps, the direct descendants of the original Chimponauts used by NASA in the Space Program.

After a two day trek across the country the first group of chimps arrived at the Center for Captive Chimpanzee Care on April 22, 2001. Unsure of what to expect in terms of disposition or behavioral abnormalities, the director of the center, Dr. Carole Noon, tentatively opened the truck doors. The chimps peered out of their cages and gave a few hoots of welcome. With very little coaxing the chimps left their transport cages and entered their new home. Although weary and hungry from their journey, and to Dr. Noon's surprise and delight, the chimps were outwardly appreciative of their new home and eager to meet face to face with their traveling companions. A few months later, the next group of chimps arrived at the Center with the same joy and appreciativeness of the first group.

As of October 2001, all of the chimps have been introduced to each other and have established a colony. The chimps now look forward to moving into their outdoor facility in December 2001.

this is where the 21 astro-chimps live

Please visit the Center for Captive Chimpanzee Care web site at www.savethechimps.com

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