The Sanctuary

Chimps Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 wildlife sanctuary dedicated to providing lifetime care for chimpanzees and lynx rescued from the pet and entertainment industries, as well as furthering species conservation through education and outreach.  The sanctuary was founded by Lesley Day in 1995 in response to the multitude of captive chimpanzees desperately in need of homes.  We are located in rural Bend, Oregon in a quiet, peaceful setting not far from the beautiful Three Sisters Mountains.  Bend is typical of the high desert with the sun shining nearly every day.

Aerial Tunnels

Elevated tunnels connect all of our indoor and outdoor habitats, allowing the chimpanzees to easily shift from one enclosure to another, as well as explore and use the property to its fullest. […]

Outdoor Chimpanzee Habitats

The sanctuary has three large outdoor enclosures full of ropes to swing on and structures to climb, which the chimps have access to every day, weather permitting. […]

Kitchen and Food Preparation

The Playhouse is equipped with a complete kitchen, including stainless steel counters and sinks, a walk-in refrigerator and freezer, stove-top and microwave. […]

Intern House

The Intern House, which is located adjacent to the chimp facilities, is equipped with a full kitchen, two bedrooms, one bathroom, on-site laundry and one office. […]