NAPSA Comments to USFWS on 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List All Chimpanzees (Pantroglodytes) as Endangered (Document ID FWS-R9-ES-2010-0086-9647)

The North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA) was founded by the leaders of the chimpanzee sanctuary community in 2010. NAPSA is a working group of established sanctuaries that provide exceptional lifetime care to chimpanzees and other animals. NAPSA was formed to share information, resources, policies and procedures, and experience in an effort to increase the success of each member sanctuary. NAPSA also serves as a central point of contact and expertise for issues relating to captive chimpanzees while working with interested parties to implement retirement of research, pet and entertainment chimpanzees.

Member sanctuaries include:

  • Center for Great Apes, Wauchula, FL
  • Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, Cle Elum, WA
  • Chimp Haven, Keithville, LA
  • Chimps, Inc., Bend, OR
  • Fauna Foundation, Carignan, Quebec, Canada
  • Primate Rescue Center, Nicholasville, KY
  • Save the Chimps, Fort Pierce, FL

NAPSA supports the proposed rulemaking to list all chimpanzees as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. This change is necessary to promote the conservation of the species and protect them from further and ongoing exploitation. As the primary caregivers of a population of over 600 chimpanzees, we see and deal with the effects of current exploitation every day. Chimpanzees are harmed and exploited in various industries and this is to the detriment of the species. This proposed rule change would help put an end to this exploitation.

Regarding the potential effect that this rule change may have on the existing population of chimpanzees in the United States, NAPSA has stated before and states again here that with appropriate financial commitment for lifetime care, logistical arrangements and construction/renovation of housing, NAPSA has the expertise to maintain the entire community of privately- and government-owned chimpanzees currently in U.S. facilities.