Co-Founder of Chimp Haven on "Talking Animals"

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My guest March 13 on "Talking Animals" will be Amy Fultz, co-founder of Chimp Haven, the 200-acre Louisiana sanctuary for chimpanzees that had been used for biomedical research (and other purposes) before retiring to the facility.

Chimp Haven has been in the news recently because more than 100 chimps will be transferred there in the coming months--some have already arrived--in the wake of the National Institute of Health (NIH) deciding to phase out funding for research involving chimpanzees.

Of the 451 federally-owned chimps, 111 will be relocated to Chimp Haven. Fultz--whose official title at the sanctuary is Behavior and Education Program Manager--will be busy.

Not merely because, over time, there will be 100+ new chimps living there, doubling the sanctuary's population. But also because those new residents have to become acquainted with each other, and with the longstanding residents--and as a veteran behaviorist, Fultz is responsible for the socialization of the chimpanzees, as well as their enrichment and training while they adjust to their new lives at the sanctuary.

Fortunately, given this influx of great ape newbies, Fultz's particular area of expertise is introductions, having conducted over 150 introductions at Chimp Haven alone.

Amy Fultz will speak with us live on "Talking Animals" on March 13 at 9am ET, and listeners are invited to participate in the conversation by calling (813-239-9663) or e-mailing (DJ@wmnf.org).

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Is there a way to find out if specific chimps from NIRC have been / or will be relocated to Chimp Haven? I'm wondering in particular about Group Megan, the chimps from the Cognitive Evolution Group lab. I'm really hoping that they have been retired to Chimp Haven.



Hi John, You can check our website, twitter feed, or Facebook page to learn more about our most recent retirees at www.chimphaven.org, you can also check the website last1000chimps.org and look for the names turned green. Megan is now at Chimp Haven with some of her friends.