The president of Chimp Haven, the national chimpanzee sanctuary in Keithville, La., says federal initiatives are moving ahead to retire large numbers of chimps from biomedical research. Linda Brent says Chimp Haven is in contact with the National Institutes of Health on news that the agency will transfer 10 research chimps to the Keithville sanctuary. She says many more could follow as the NIH send nearly one-fifth of its research chimps into retirement.
TV game show host celebrity Bob Barker visited the chimpanzee sanctuary in Keithville, La., Chimp Haven, to herald the opening of a new habitat made possible through his $500,000 gift from his animal rights charity. Barker rescued five elderly chimps, infected with HIV and hepatitis, from a shuttered sanctuary in Texas.