Like any other primate, chimpanzees are very social animals. They are at their best when they are functioning in a group setting. But unfortunately for laboratory chimpanzees, the only life they know is that of isolation and experiments.

 

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“Chimp Haven” is a sanctuary dedicated to providing an ideal retirement to lab chimpanzees who have served over 50 years in research laboratories. This sanctuary has rehabilitated more than 100 government-owned chimpanzees in the final years of their life.

This emotional video captures the chimpanzees after their life of solitary confinement. These aging primates have almost forgotten what it’s like to be in their true habitat again. They finally relish their newfound freedom with tears in their eyes.

 

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The sanctuary tries to cater to the chimps’ individual physical and psychological needs. But, it is mostly the sense of company that helps these chimpanzees heal from the traumatic lives they have led. Like humans, chimpanzees are also known for their resilience, and we are so happy to watch them thrive again in their new home!

 

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Chimpanzees, and indeed all animals, deserve a life of dignity and respect. We hope people find ways to conduct lab research without ruining an innocent animal’s life in the process. How do you feel about the chimpanzees’ caged existence in the labs?

Click the video below to watch the chimpanzees taste freedom for the very first time!