Project Chimps was established in 2014 as a way to find the nation's research Chimpanzee population a sanctuary home to safely live in retirement. Because of changes to federal regulations and funding Chimpanzees are no longer used for invasive research procedures and therefore are in desperate need of permanent long-term care. Project Chimps which received its first nine chimps from the New Iberia Research Center on September 8 will eventually be home to almost 300 chimpanzees. Here, Mike Seres, Director of Chimpanzee Management, known as the "chimp whisperer" poses for a portrait at the sanctuary. Seres leads Project Chimpsâ introductions, socialization, and ongoing chimpanzee group maintenance.
CREDIT: Raymond McCrea Jones