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Dr. Jane Goodall Visits Wingham Wildlife Park

December 18, 2015

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Lisa Newbern, 404-727-7709,

Dr. Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and United Nations Messenger of Peace, recently visited the Wingham Wildlife Park (WWP). This is the facility to which the Yerkes National Primate Research Center plans to donate eight of our chimpanzees. To see photos of Dr. Goodall's visit to WWP, visit the WWP Facebook page.

Update: Jan. 26, 2016

Dr. Goodall submitted this public comment to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the donation of chimpanzees to WWP:

"I was able to visit Wingham, near Canterbury, UK last month and saw first hand the wonderful extensiveindoor and outdoor housing which has been purpose built to receive chimpanzees. The staff there are well-qualified, caring and have already visited Yerkes to meet the members of the group. The owners are committed to ensuring the long term care of these chimpanzees and to enriching their lives.

In light of the above and having considered all the factors involved in the transportation and rehabilitation of these chimps, my conclusion is that Wingham will provide them with a suitable new home for life. In my view this is a very good option. There are hundreds of ex lab, pet and entertainment chimps needing sanctuary in the US. Admittedly this is only 8, but at least these 8 will be catered for.

The transfer has my support because I believe it is in the interests of the chimpanzees. The decision to list captive as well as wild chimpanzees on the endangered species list was a great achievement and I couldn't just stand by and watch if it were used to try to prevent chimps from being moved out of labs in the US to safe havens in other countries.

I have been assured by Fish and Wildlife that this was NOT the intention. The Jane Goodall Institute will never give up in the struggle to improve the lives of chimpanzees everywhere."

For more information about the Yerkes Research Center's chimpanzee donations, read our news releases:

February 4, 2015

Yerkes to Donate Chimpanzees to Wingham Wildlife Park

June 23, 2015

Yerkes Donates Seven Chimpanzees to Chattanooga Zoo

October 15, 2015

Yerkes Research Center Applies for Permits to Donate Chimpanzees to Wingham Wildlife Park

Jan. 23, 2016

USFWS Reopens Public Comment Period for Chimpanzee Permit

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