Save the Abandoned Chimps
Help provide support for chimpanzees abandoned in Liberia!
On March 5, 2015, more than 60 chimpanzees in Liberia, Africa were abandoned by the New York Blood Center (NYBC), left in serious danger of dehydration and starvation. Thanks to the generous donations of thousands of caring individuals, we have been able to not only create a more stable situation for the chimpanzees but make several major improvements in their care.
The chimpanzees are now receiving a highly nutritious and diverse diet every day and are ensured fresh clean water. In addition, we have been able to implement a birth control program to prevent additional pregnancies. One of the most significant improvements made possible by your support has been the development of a paid team of individuals responsible for the daily operations of our work in Liberia. Many of our current team members have been working with these chimpanzees for decades and, when NYBC halted all funding, continued to care for them and keep them alive without pay. In the past year, we’ve been able to acquire much needed equipment including a boat and motor to deliver daily food to the chimpanzees. All of this comes at a cost of approximately $25,000 per month and we need your help to continue providing these chimpanzees with daily care as we work to develop the high quality sanctuary they deserve. Please donate now to help!
New York Blood Center is a U.S. based non-profit that provides blood, develops blood related products and conducts medical research. In the 1970s, NYBC partnered with the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research to create Vilab II in order to obtain and breed chimpanzees for use in research and testing. Many of the chimpanzees used in NYBC’s research were captured from the wild or bred in the lab. After experimenting on the chimpanzees for decades and financially benefiting from their use, NYBC decided the chimps were no longer useful and retired them to six small islands on the nearby Farmington and Little Bassa rivers.
NYBC promised to ensure lifetime care for these chimpanzees. But, in March 2015—during the height of Liberia’s Ebola crisis—NYBC withdrew all funding needed to care for the chimpanzees, providing no realistic or lasting arrangement for them.
These chimpanzees have been through so much already, from the research they endured to deaths incurred during Liberia’s civil wars and, ultimately, the complete abandonment by the very organization that profited from their abuse.
We urgently need your help to fulfill our commitment to provide these chimpanzees with the highest quality care and the lifetime sanctuary they deserve. Please donate now to help!
After donating, sign our Change.org petition telling New York Blood Center and its partners to immediately reinstate funding for the care of the chimpanzees!
When it was discovered that New York Blood Center had so irresponsibly abandoned the chimpanzees it had used in research for decades, many organizations from around the world banded together to ensure the chimpanzees received emergency care and hold NYBC accountable. We are incredibly grateful for the collaboration of so many wonderful groups and organizations!
American Anti-Vivisection Society
ASPCA: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Born Free Foundation
Born Free USA
Center for Great Apes
Chimpanzee Sanctuary NW
FOUR PAWS International
GFAS: Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries
Humane Society International
Humane Society Liberia
Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association
IFAW: International Fund for Animal Welfare
International Primatological Society
ISPARE: International Sammy Project for Animal Rescue and Education
IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group
Jane Goodall Institute
Japan Monkey Centre
Laboratory Primate Advocacy Group
Liberia Animal Welfare and Conservation Society
Lola Ya Bonobo
Kibale Chimpanzee Project
National Anti-Vivisection Society
New England Anti-Vivisection Society
North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance
Pan African Animal Welfare Alliance
Pan African Sanctuary Alliance
Project Primate, Inc
P-WAC: Project for Wildlife and Apes Conservation
SAGA: Support for African/Asian Great Apes
SCNL: Society for the Conservation of Nature in Liberia
The Fund for Animals
The Humane Society of the United States
Wild Chimpanzee Foundation
Watch the chimpanzees' story here:
I want to thank you so much for helping us reach our goal of raising $5000 to help support the 12 chimpanzees on Island 5 chimpanzees including Bullet and Samantha! Not only did we meet that goal but we are 1/3 of the way to our overall goal of $25,000! We are overwhelmed with gratitude for your support! Starting today, we have set another mini goal to raise $3600—the cost of one month’s worth of care for the chimpanzees on Island 1!
Elysse is a 28 year old chimpanzee who lives on Island 1 and her story is representative of what so many of these chimpanzees have gone through. She was born in the laboratory and was taken from her mother when she was just 2 years old. Elysse was used in New York Blood Center’s HIV, hepatitis and blood research soon after birth. As a result, she was anesthetized nearly 200 times and endured multiple, painful liver biopsies. She escaped from the laboratory for the first time as a four-year-old and made many more attempts to escape over the dozen years she lived at the lab. During her time in the laboratory, Elysse suffered many illnesses, wounds, and chronic infections - side effects from the experiments she was subjected to and the conditions in which she was kept. Although this meant she was often isolated, it also meant she was spared from being used in even more invasive research.
Fortunately, Elysse survived her difficult years in the laboratory and was transferred to the islands for retirement more than a decade ago where she now lives with her best friend Mabel as well as Springroll, Helen, Security, Teta, Juno, Annie and Stuart. Like the other chimpanzees on Island 1, Elysse is known to wash her food in the river before eating, especially when eating her favorite food – papaya!
Elysse and her friends are doing great today because of you! But, they still need your help! Can you help us reach our goal of $3600 to give these amazing chimpanzees the care they deserve? Your support helps us to ensure the chimpanzees continue to receive a diverse, plentiful and nutritious diet as well as fresh water and veterinary care. Thank you so much for standing by these chimps!
Meet one of the chimpanzees you can help with a donation! Sally is 24 years old and lives with Bullet and Samantha. Sally was born in 1992 at the laboratory in Liberia, removed from her mother when she was two days old and raised by humans. She was just one month old when they started experimenting on her and continued using her in hepatitis and blood research for many years. In the lab, Sally gave birth to a baby who died, sending Sally into a deep depression, including periods when she refused food or water. Then, in 2003, a 2-year-old chimpanzee named Mallak was brought to the laboratory and paired with Sally. Sally was the perfect surrogate mother and the two have been together ever since! Sally, Mallak, and three of Sally’s longtime friends (Dovelee, Ms. Bush, and Doris) were moved to Island 5 in 2004 where they still live today!
Thanks to your generosity, all of the chimpanzees are provided with food and fresh water daily and Sally is looking strong and healthy and no longer showing any signs of depression. Can you help us make sure Sally and her friends continue get the care they need and deserve? Thank you so much for your support!
For the next week, we have set a goal to raise $5000 which is the cost of a month’s worth of care for Bullet and his eleven chimpanzee companions on Island 5! Can you help us reach it?
Bullet is 41 years old and one of the oldest chimpanzees abandoned by the New York Blood Center. His story is a heartbreaking example of what these chimps have endured. Bullet‘s right arm was amputated at a very young age when his mother was shot and he was seriously injured. In 1979, at just three years old, he arrived at NYBC’s Liberian lab and was put into research. Over decades he was confined to small cages, anesthetized over 400 times and received 55 liver biopsies in addition to hundreds of blood draws. He somehow also survived Liberia’s civil wars, during which many of the chimpanzees died of starvation and dehydration because their caretakers were unable to reach them.
Bullet was finally retired to the islands about a decade ago. He lives with Samantha (the oldest chimpanzee on all of the islands at 43), Doris, Sabel, Sally, Joyce, Chop Suey, Ms. Bush, Franzsica, Lolo, Dovelee and Mallak.
After NYBC pulled their funding in March 2015, the situation quickly deteriorated for Bullet and his friends. But, as you can see from the photos below, your generous support has done wonders for him! He now has a diverse and plentiful diet that is delivered daily as well as access to fresh water at all times—thanks to you!
Please help us continue to provide care for this resilient and inspiring chimpanzee and his companions! Thank you!
Despite two years of negative media coverage from worldwide outlets such as New York Times, CNN, Daily Mail, Washington Post and the Today Show; hearing from hundreds of thousands of outraged people worldwide; losing the support of major corporate supporters; and, pressure from New York legislators, actresses Kate and Rooney Mara, Governor Bill Richardson and Dr. Jane Goodall, the New York Blood Center has still refused to meet its responsibility to these chimpanzees.
We have not given up on pressuring NYBC to do right by the chimps! But, we continue to need your support to help pay for the ongoing costs of caring for the chimpanzees--including food, caretaker salaries, veterinary care, fuel and maintenance of water systems, vehicles, boats and other necessary equipment.
Thanks to your generosity, we’ve been able to stabilize the situation for the chimpanzees. Below is a photo that illustrates just how much progress we’ve made together. Samantha, the oldest chimpanzee on the islands at 43 was in terrible shape when we first intervened but is now doing great! But, we need your help to keep it going. GoFundMe is an amazing place to raise funds, but the total doesn’t show what is spent month after month. Your funds are needed today! Please consider making a donation and ask your friends and family to do the same. And thank you so much for your support and commitment to these amazing chimpanzees!
What I find appalling is how many people are commenting on this to complain about how their GoFundMe pages didn't succeed and are complaining how much the "monkeys" are getting? First of all, they're apes, which indeed are different than monkeys. Second of all, there are not six chimps but rather SIXTY-SIX, let me repeat 66!! Not that some of your causes aren't of importance (except you car guy sorry but that is not a good cause. My car is about to die too; I'm not gonna ask other people to pay for it though) but that does not mean these chimps are less important. Perhaps our priorities are different. But you know what, they're a lot more innocent and probably even caring then half the humans in the world. So don't take your frustrations out on innocent and abused animals because you didn't make more money.
It amazes me that some comments are so negative, and well, very ironic, saying "what about human lives?" These chimps were kept in cages, given diseases, experimented on....scared, unable to communicate, helpless, & sick because NYBC made them that way...this was all for medical research for HUMAN LIFE! And there are bazillions of charities for humans! That is just ignorant to say humans get nothing! We think we are entitled to everything and this world suffers because of it every single day!
NYBC needs to be financially accountable. I believe public pressure should continue until they step up. Classic case of corporate irresponsibility - completely disgusting. To all the people posting their whiny notes about why they personally didn't get $150K when they created their own go-fund-me project - Grow Up. Are you abandoned on an island with no food or water? No. You have two hands, two feet and you can pull down a paycheck. Stop whining. Plant fruit trees? Yeah, that's nice maybe the animals can go without food for the two years it takes for fruit trees to start producing. If anyone bothered to read the story, the chimps are not being sent to a sanctuary because there is none available, and since they have been in captivity and presumably carry Hep-B virus(?) they cant be released into the wild. Please write NYBC and demand they step up. This is an American company and their inaction reflects very, very poorly on us.
Wow, I cannot believe that people are actually complaining about donating (Shame on you all, this is how I choose to spend my hard earned $) to help these Chimps, hey, this is MY MONEY AND I WILL DO WITH IT AS I PLEASE. Yes, I donated to this cause because I feel it is the right thing to do. I would rather donate to a worthy cause as this because these Chimps were abandoned by a US Corp. on an island that does not sustain life for them. In this day and age I feel for the young children growing up not knowing whether or not their kids or grandkids will be able to see Polar Bears in the wild, or if there will be Rhinos or Tigers or any of the other wildlife species that man has the capability to drive to extinction. I heard about these Chimps plight on the internet recently and I am proud that I can help. And what is so sad is the people griping about this money going to these Chimps were put where they are by HUMANS so let's make it right for these animals who gave so others can live by giving them life.
Hi! I just wanted to start by saying I am overwhelmed with the support this campaign has received. Your donations will not only directly help the chimpanzees but will also provide jobs on the ground for Liberians. Your support is also sending a message to others who might think it’s OK to abandon their responsibilities to animals they have used for their own benefit. I know there are so many deserving efforts out there to help people and animals and of course everyone should support those efforts that are important to them, but I really appreciate those who have chosen this campaign!
This is so sad. I visited these guys in the Farmington River about May '83 to feed them some fruit. The Alfa male at the time threw rocks at us. I coaxed one of the females with a baby down to one end of the beach and handed her a full bunch of bananas. She then wanted to kiss me...which I let here do. I felt both happy and terribly sad at the same time. Donating for sure.
I cannot believe the heartless and stupid comments by some of you. Those are chimps not monkeys to begin with, there's a difference. 66 chimps were abused tormented and exploited by NYBC this was done to help humans, you ingrate and selfish ones who cannot understand why we care so much for apes! Those chimps are at the mercy of humans who abandoned them. By the way, I need a new car so should I also start a Gofundme campaign? What is wrong with humanity? We humans can rationalize and go out and do things for ourselves get jobs, find and make a better life for us and our families, those chimps I repeat again depend on humans. I am sorry for the person who has had tragedy in her life, but sometimes by being kind and generous not with material things to others good things do come our way. People you need more generosity in your heart.
New York Blood Center Executive Officials should to be imprisoned for Crimes Against Humanity. No Humans should ever be allowed to abandon Chimpanzee Medical Test Subjects that saved thousands of human lives. No Food and Water? This is such a heinous crime it makes all of Humanity look extremely wicked and callous. The filthy rich sociopaths that abandoned these 66 unwilling subjects are among the worst the human race has produced in decades. This GoFundMe site is awesome and sad at the same time considering how many thousands of Humans these Chimpanzees have helped, and how many hundreds of Millions made by NYBC, there should be worldwide condemnation of the Executives in charge at New York Blood Center, they are beyond disgusting in every sense of the word. Chimpanzees were used to benefit Human Research from 1974-2005 and now treated like waste products. These sickening few executives have to be held accountable as criminal abusers. Chimpanzees left on a deserted island is evil. Humanity does not support humans such as the ones at New York Blood Center. They have enough money to properly care for the Chimpanzees, what are they buying? jewelry? fancy cars? big homes? vacations? Hold these criminals accountable now. The poor rotten people complaining about these donations deserve all the misery seeds they sow in jealousy.
I think the bonus' of these people should be donated to the Chimps. As far as the 2 nit wits that make the rude comments: might I suggest you live in a dog cage with no resources to pull from , get punctures,raped,abandoned,beat and used for a punching bag and not have any say-so on what you can do in your day. The only thing these guys are guilty of is they need some food and water....the return for that is unconditional graditude. The guy with the car,you are human so I guess you think you are better than another of Gods creatures......learn car repair,walk,take the bus ask a friend for help. If you have ever been sick or had a family member that was sick.....it just might have been an animal used for research that saved a life. One last soup box comment:my grandmother was a smart lady , she use to say:if you can't say something nice....shut-up
People who complain about the Chimps getting money are selfish creeps that should be ignored,as they are worthless humans. They saw nothing wrong in their being abused in the lab , but how horrible to save them. People please keep giving to these wonderful Chimps they have done so much for people, now let's return this by helping them to survive and hopefully make it to a really good sanctuary for the rest of their lives.
If the NYBC is unwilling to accept the petitions there may be politicians who are more amenable. Maybe it is time to let our public servants help us support this cause? As a "multi-gallon" donor, I am just not feeling it the next time they reach out to me (which they do every 6-8 weeks).
The people who complain that these precious Chimps are getting so much and they so little should remember these Chimps help find cures for human health diseases. which I am against, no animal should suffer for people-people are the most arrogant animals on Earth. I hope these wonderful Chimps get all the help the need. I donated through Northwest chimps for them, as I only use paypal.
Katie i just saw this yesterday and i was thinking i should open a go fund me and today here you are good job. These animals deserve everything for what they gave to the world and i am in new york shame on the nyblood program thst is doing this but believe me katie you go fund me page is going to make over one million dollars in just a few days and be the biggest fund in history for sure. Just keep raising your goal. Because 150.000 will only feed them for 5 months we need a forever answer and with a million or more we will find one god bkess you for this i will post tjis to evetyone god bless you Donna Saraireh
And if your belief is that humans should get more help, then I suggest that you act according to your values and help humans. If you follow your passion and help people as much as I follow mine and help animals, then it's a win for everyone - both humans and non-humans. Which may be the only way life on earth is going to survive.
THANK YOU KATIE GRIFFIN! YOU ARE AN ANGEL! PLEASE KEEP US INFORMED AND ALSO THANK THE PEOPLE THAT ARE WORKING TO TAKE CARE OF THE ANIMALS. THEY NEED TO KEEP THEIR JOB TOO! THEY NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILIES. PLEASE LET THEM KNOW HOW MUCH WE APPRECIATE THEM.
OMG!!! Please Keith, Richard, Tom & Ed. CRY ME A RIVER!!!! Grow SOME BALLS and go out and try to find another job, contact social services, etc. Your GUYS need to be smart enough to seek HELP!!! There are sooo many places for a FREE HAND OUT that you GUYS seem to want and think you DESERVE for getting Help!!