Rescue Chimpanzees

The chimpanzees currently housed in U.S. labs cannot remain anonymous so-called “resources.” Each one is a unique individual with a name, distinct personality, and specific needs. With your help, Project R&R is committed to knowing and helping each and every one of them.

There are some chimpanzees in laboratories today whose physical and/or emotional condition is so grave that their release to sanctuary should be immediate. Their need to be rescued is urgent and literally could be a matter of life and death, particularly for elderly chimpanzees.

Many chimpanzees were used repeatedly over the years for different research. Consequently, they now suffer from illnesses and injuries from these years of laboratory captivity living in concrete and steel cages as well as the actual research.

Project R&R’s advisory board and network of concerned primate caregivers help us identify chimpanzees whose emotional and/or physical needs are such that they must be released now. Project R&R is asking for your help to get these individuals out of laboratories and into sanctuaries.

Special alert

If you formerly worked in a lab and have animal welfare or Animal Welfare Act compliance concerns, please email us at to speak with Nancy Megna —Project R&R’s 10-year veteran of laboratory work at two primate research facilities. For more information on Nancy and the experience of other former primate lab caregivers, please visit Lab Eyewitnesses. The animals are relying on people like Nancy to come forward and speak on their behalf. The experience and caring of lab workers can make all the difference in the world to someone whose suffering and needs would otherwise remain unheard to the world. Please help us help them, now.

Garfield was part of a group of former “Air Force” chimpanzees who were rescued by Save the Chimps in 2001. He is a young and handsome guy.

Garfield Chimpanzee Before
Garfield—the toll of years of laboratory
Photo: © Save the Chimps
Garfield Chimpanzee After
Garfield—growing stronger each day
Photo: © Save the Chimps

Securing his position within the group of adult males was a challenge for him as it often is for young male chimpanzees. Garfield shows great skill with the youngsters. He has been known to generously allow young chimpanzees to take food from his open-palmed hand. He has even invented a game for the younger members of the group—pulling them about the island on a big, soft blanket.

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