Established in 1995, Chimp Haven responded to the need for long-term care for chimpanzees who were no longer used in biomedical research, the entertainment industry, or the pet trade. The CHIMP Act (Chimpanzee Health Improvement Maintenance Protection Act) was signed into law in 2000, which established the Federal Sanctuary System. That year, Caddo Parish provided 200 acres of forested land inside of Eddie D. Jones Nature Park, where they built the sanctuary. Now the chimps are able to live in large social groups in outdoor habitats, in a setting that gives them more freedom and self-determination. The first two chimpanzee residents, Rita and Teresa, came to live at Chimp Haven in 2005. Today, they have cared for more than 300 chimps, and are currently home to more than 200.

You can donate to Chimp Haven by visiting their website at

Director of Behavior, Education, & Research
Amy Fultz cofounded Chimp Haven in 1995.
According to the organization’s website, she’s played chimp matchmaker more than 250 times, creating chimp families and helping
retirees thrive at the sanctuary.

President and CEO Rana Smith began leading Chimp Haven in 2017 after more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership.

Raven Jackson-Jewett, D.V.M. is the attending veterinarian. She has her
hands very busy with five children of her own along with 230 chimps.