The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide permanent sanctuary care for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or from the exotic pet trade. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care.
The Center for Great Apes was founded in 1993 as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. The Center began as an effort to offer lifetime care for five young apes born at a private breeding facility before they were sold as pets or into the entertainment industry. However, the need for this facility has grown dramatically and to date, the Center has taken in over 80 orangutans and chimpanzees with the circus, the pet trade, commercial breeding, and research lab backgrounds.
The Center for Great Apes is accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) and is the only accredited orangutan sanctuary in the Americas. The Center is a Charity Navigator 4-Star rated charity and relies on individual support to provide lifetime care for orangutans and chimpanzees.
To learn more, visit www.centerforgreatapes.org