Chimp Haven In Shreveport Open To Public

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Located less than 30 miles outside of Shreveport, Chimp Haven, the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary, is welcoming visitors for four exclusive Discovery Days this year. Animal sanctuaries rarely open to the public, making Chimpanzee Discovery Days a unique opportunity for visitors to experience firsthand the 200-acre forested refuge that is home to more than 270 chimpanzees, most of whom were retired from biomedical research.

“Chimp Haven is truly unlike any place else, and Discovery Days allow visitors to glimpse into the world of the hundreds of chimpanzees who call it home,” said Chimp Haven President and CEO Rana Smith. “Jane Goodall described Chimp Haven as the closest thing to seeing chimpanzees in the wild and we agree. Seeing them here firsthand, climbing and playing throughout the forests is an unmatched experience for visitors of all ages.”

On March 16, April 13, October 19 and November 16, 2019, visitors are invited to see the chimpanzees interact and play in lush outdoor habitats, discover the natural wonders nestled in the forested oasis, and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the growing sanctuary. Staff will lead educational talks and answer questions about the chimpanzees’ personalities, preferences, diet and individualized veterinary care. More information can be found at chimphaven.org.