Center for Great Apes

Description of Sanctuary

Year Founded


State, Country of Incorporation

   Florida, USA

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Current animal population

45  great apes  (30 chimpanzees,  15 orangutans)

Current acreage


Current housing for chimpanzees

35 chimpanzees & 18-20 orangutans

Description of current housing

  4 Heated & cooled nighthouse buildings with 18 individual rooms for orangutans

   7 heated & cooled nighthouse buildings with 30 individual rooms for chimpanzees

   16 outdoor domed woven wire enclosures  (three-story and four-story height)  (eight for orangutans and eight for chimpanzees)

   5 smaller enclosures (30x20’, 20x20’) for quarantine, clinic recovery, and special needs handicapped individuals

   Over one mile (5400-feet) elevated tunnel/chute system that runs   throughout the wooded habitat areas connecting all outdoor enclosures/habitats to each other, to all the night houses, and to the veterinary clinic

   support facilities – veterinary clinic, food prep & feed storage building, maintenance workshop, enrichment buildings, guest cabins and administration offices


Expansion possibility


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Additional information

Primarily orangutans and chimpanzees retired from entertainment industry (circus, movies, advertising) or from private pet situations.   However, there are a few former research chimpanzees (and one former cognitive research orangutan).

501(c)3 nonprofit.   Charity Navigator – 4 star rating


P.O. Box, Wauchula
FL  33873

Phone: 863-767-8903   
Fax: 863-767-8904 (fax)
Patti Ragan, President & Founder

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