Sanctuary Spotlight: Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest and the Cle Elum Seven

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This month we have exciting news to share from our friends at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest (CSNW), which is located 90 miles east of Seattle, in Cle Elum, WA, on 90 acres of farm and forested land in the Cascade mountains. CSNW was founded in 2003 and works to provide sanctuary for chimpanzees from the entertainment and biomedical research industries.

Recently, CSNW asked for NAVS’ help in funding improvements to, and an expansion of, their current chimpanzee enclosures. On October 19, their Young’s Hill enclosure, which is home to the Cle Elum Seven (the original seven chimpanzees who arrived at CSNW from a private biomedical facility in 2008), was completed. “The Seven” were released into the renovated and expanded enclosure and were able to explore their new home, complete with new climbing structures.

A fun fact: one of the original Cle Elum Seven is a chimpanzee named Foxie, who was immortalized in “Fabulous Foxie” the Best of Show-winning entry in this year’s Art for Animals competition.

Foxie isn’t the only chimpanzee benefitting from the new enclosure. Last month, 47-year-old Missy (pictured), who was born in a laboratory, climbed a tree for the first time in her life. This is the type of amazing experience that these chimpanzees are now free to explore at CSNW.

Thanks to your support, the NAVS Animal Sanctuary Assistance Program can continue to assist CSNW, and sanctuaries like it, in providing the highest quality of life for animals who have suffered in the name of science.

(Image courtesy of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest)