Below are highlights from NAPSA's history. However, to really see NAPSA's scope, check out the following pages:
July 25, 2016. NAPSA is excited to announce a new member sanctuary. Project Chimps is a 236-acre sanctuary nestled among the beautiful mountains of northern Georgia. The organization was founded in late 2014 by a “super group” of chimpanzee, nonprofit, philanthropic, and legal experts to solve the critical question of what would happen to the hundreds of chimps still left in private biomedical research. After months of negotiations with the University of Louisiana’s New Iberia Research Center, Project Chimps secured the agreement to permanently retire all of their chimpanzees. This innovative facility will soon provide quality care, nutrition, and enrichment for over 250 chimpanzee residents in need. Project Chimps is joining NAPSA as an Introductory Member.
November 19, 2015. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it would end its support for invasive research on chimpanzees and retire to sanctuaries the 50 chimps that it had set aside for future biomedical research.The decision brings to a close years of controversy about federally funded primate experimentation, and follows a 2013 decision by the NIH to retire all but 50 of its chimpanzees to animal sanctuaries.“We find no evidence that there is a need to continue to do research of an invasive sort on chimpanzees, not now and not going into the future,” Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the NIH, said. Click here for NAPSA's statement on this historic announcement, and read a New York Times article featuring comments from NAPSA's Program Manager, a member sanctuary, and members of our Steering Committee.
June 12, 2015. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced an end to the split-listing of captive and wild born chimpanzees under the Endangered Species Act. All chimpanzees will now be considered endangered. Read FAQs for more information on exactly what this will mean, and see NAPSA's inclusion in a New York Times article and CNN interview on the topic. Click here for NAPSA's statement on this important announcement.
December 8, 2014. NAPSA is pleased to announce the appointment of their new Program Manager, Erika Fleury. Click here for the full announcement.
December 2, 2013. NAPSA is not a party to the suit filed today in New York State by the Nonhuman Rights Project. We did submit an expert affidavit that was filed with the suit, reviewing our willingness to place any captive chimpanzees in need of sanctuary. Read the full story.
November 27, 2013. The President signed Senate Bill 252 today, clearing a roadblock to funding sanctuary retirement for federally owned chimpanzees. Click here for the full story.
October 2, 2013. The final 5 residents of the troubled Las Vegas Zoo left today, on the road to permanent sanctuary with NAPSA members. Click here for the full story.