April 8, 2012 • Posted in Fact Sheets and More
Who’s living behind the concrete and steel bars? What are the names, lab ID numbers, ages, genders, and other identifying information of all the chimpanzees held today in U.S. labs?
Project R&R cares deeply about chimpanzees in research labs and refuses to allow any of them to remain anonymous and behind bars. Each of the nearly 800 chimpanzees now being used or housed by federally owned or supported labs has an identity and unique story that deserves to be told.
Each year, Project R&R sends Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and state open records requests to the main research facilities holding federally owned or supported chimpanzees, urging them to disclose the names and other requested information for all the chimpanzees housed at their facility. Some labs refuse to answer our requests, based on the fact that they are considered private facilities and therefore not subject to federal disclosure laws, while others provide us with updated information on their residents.
The majority of chimpanzees in the U.S. are housed in five facilities. However, unlike the other facilities, no invasive biomedical research occurs at the Alamogordo Primate Facility. It is merely a holding facility for government owned chimpanzees. As of January 2013, the NIH is in the process of transferring 111 chimpanzees from the New Iberia Research Center to the federal sanctuary, Chimp Haven. These numbers are not reflected in the census report below, but you can read more about this exciting news here.
To see the names and ages of the chimpanzees held in each facility, please click on the “Who’s There” links below.
- Alamogordo Primate Facility
- Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research
- New Iberia Research Center
- Southwest National Primate Research Center
- Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Preparing a current and accurate census of chimpanzees in U.S. research facilities takes the work of every one of us. If you have additional information on any of these laboratories, please contact us. To learn more about the difficulty of obtaining information on chimpanzees kept in laboratories and the conditions in which they live and are used, see the Myth of Humane Treatment.