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‘Chimp Chats’ return for rare, exclusive access to world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary


Chimp Haven, the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary, is opening to guests this spring for ticketed Chimp Chats, and the rare opportunity to witness “The Chimp Life” on the 200-acre forested campus that is usually closed to the public and is home to more than 300 chimpanzees.

With two dates to choose from — April 16 and May 14 — visitors again will have the opportunity to observe the lush habitats where chimpanzees live, play, explore, and have the freedom to make choices. Chimp Chats will be limited to intimate groups of 25 and held outdoors with behind-the-scenes access to chimpanzees and staff that’s not available during larger public events such as Discovery Days.

“With pandemic precautions having required Chimp Haven to cut back on visitors over the past two years, we are thrilled to be able to invite guests into the sanctuary this spring to witness the chimpanzees living their best lives,” said Chimp Haven President and CEO Rana Smith. “Visiting Chimp Haven is truly a one-of-a-kind experience, and the staff always enjoys sharing that with guests.”

For the protection of the chimpanzees as well as staff and visitors, strict COVID-19 safety protocols must be followed to attend. Masks must be worn at all times, regardless of vaccination status. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to the event also will be required. Tickets are $75 per person and are available to those age 10 and older by visiting


Upcoming Chimp Chat dates include:

·       Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. to noon

·       Saturday, April 16, 2 to 4 p.m.

·       Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to noon

·       Saturday, May 14, 2 to 4 p.m.

A virtual tour also is available for anyone unable to travel to the sanctuary. To take the virtual tour, visit chimphaven.org/visit/digital-tour/

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