Earth Day at Chimps Inc.

Today the Chimps Inc. family celebrated Earth Day! This is a perfect time of year at the sanctuary to celebrate Earth Day, as the weather is warming up and our chimps love spending long days basking in the sun. Here at Chimps Inc., we love to celebrate holidays, birthdays, and anything really to create fun enrichment activities for our chimps. Anything as simple as a “Happy Earth Day” banner adds new stimulation to a chimpanzee’s environment. Our chimps seemed to be the most excited about their Earth Day gifts. Throughout the chimps’ outdoor access areas, we scattered half watermelons filled with fresh produce. On such a warm day, the chimps were thrilled to receive this refreshing treat.

Being that Earth Day is celebrated worldwide with special events that promote conservation efforts, we believe that it is important to educate about the status of chimpanzees in the wild. Currently, chimpanzees do qualify as an endangered species. Once, there were millions of chimpanzees in Africa with a range as large as the United States. According to Save the Chimps, the population of chimpanzees has decreased by 90% in just the last twenty years, bringing the population to just around 170,000-300,000. A huge impact on this declining population is involved with deforestation and over consumption, which ultimately results in habitat loss for many species. Chimpanzees are 98% related to human beings, and deserve equal opportunity to sustain thrive in their homes.

If you are interested in contributing to the conservation efforts of chimpanzees, there are many simple things the community can do. The most important thing to spread the word about primate conservation is education. Activism against the use of chimpanzees in biomedical research, the entertainment industry, as well as exotic pets is crucial for the cause. Another reason for the decline in the chimpanzee population is the bush meat trade in Africa. You can help by supporting efforts to act against industry. Private sanctuaries are always grateful for donations to support the care of their animals.

Thanks for taking the time to read about the world of chimpanzees, and Happy Earth Day from the Chimps Inc. crew!

-Alana, Intern

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