Save the Chimps Celebrates Their 8th Banana-versary!
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Save the Chimps

On September 16, 2002, 266 chimpanzees left behind their lives as biomedical research subjects forever!

On September 16, 2002, Save the Chimps, led by the late Dr. Carole Noon, rescued the chimpanzees of The Coulston Foundation (TCF), at the time one of the largest and most notorious chimpanzee laboratories in the United States. After years of repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act, and loss of government funding, TCF had gone bankrupt, and asked Save the Chimps to take over care of the chimpanzees. With unprecedented support from The Arcus Foundation, as well as Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, Doris Day Animal League, Friends of Washoe, In Defense of Animals, and New England Anti-Vivisection Society, Save the Chimps overnight became the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary, and the 266 chimpanzees of The Coulston Foundation left behind their lives as biomedical research subjects forever.

Over the years, this momentous occasion became known as “Banana-versary” and is one of many celebrations thrown for the chimpanzees. The theme of Banana-versary is—you guessed it!—bananas. The chimps enjoy lots of extra bananas, one for every hand and foot, as well as banana nut muffins, all made that much more festive by colorful yellow streamers.

On this day, we also remember Dr. Noon, whose determination, courage, and love of chimpanzees continues to inspire us every day.

So pop open a banana and raise it up in honor of the chimps, Dr. Noon, and YOU!

Our wonderful donors and supporters make the work of Save the Chimps possible.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and Happy Banana-versary!

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