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24 January 2001 Issue
Lemsip Laboratory Chimpanzees Retired to a Sanctuary

from Linda J. Howard - lindajhoward@earthlink.net 

December 14, 2000 ~ Contact: Carol Asvestas, Tel: 210-269-1198 / 210-688-9038 E-Mail WAO@stic.net

San Antonio, TX. The National Sanctuary for Retired Research Primates is pleased to announce the arrival today of eight chimpanzees. These individuals are the last of the "stow-aways" from New York University's Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates [LEMSIP.]

Earlier this fall, National Sanctuary for Retired Research Primates welcomed Late, Conrad, Pammy, Tina, Samantha, Kayla, Katherine and Katina who were formerly at LEMSIP.

"These 16 chimpanzees were slated to go to The Coulston Foundation if a sanctuary home could not be found, which makes us all even more thankful that their new permanent home is here," stated Michelle Reiniger, NSRRP's Assistant Director of Animal Care.

New Iberia housed the 15 adult chimpanzees and Katina, a three-year old youngster, for New York University when LEMSIP closed during the interim while they were seeking placement for the chimps in a sanctuary.

NYU funded construction of the spacious, indoor/outdoor, chimpanzee-friendly enclosure at NSRRP, and also sent the University's experienced lead veterinarian and chief caretaker with the chimpanzees to assist with socializing them.

Along with Dr. James Mahoney, Dr. Dana Hassleschwart and Danny Boutte will stay with the chimps as long as necessary to assure successful assimilation as a social group.

Since its opening in November 1998, NSRRP has accepted over 300 monkeys and 24 chimpanzees from within the research community. NSRRP is the only bio-safety level two sanctuary in the US and was the first sanctuary in the United States to house HIV infected chimpanzees.

NSRRP is a non-profit permanent sanctuary, dedicated to giving quality lifetime care to retired research primates. It is the mission of NSRRP to provide sanctuary to the increasing overflow of primates in need of retirement from research. NSRRP accepts primates who cannot be placed in other facilities,
whose only alternative is euthanasia or reintroduction into research.

For more information, please visit our website
http://www.primatesanctuarynsrrp.org/ 

Please Note: NSRRP is a division of The Wild Animal Orphanage

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