Local nonprofit Global Action Initiatives Alliance is organizing the Chimp Chattanooga soiree in partnership with Grey Rocks, GAIA Talks: The Earth Speaks, and BeMagazine.org to help raise funds for the nationally recognized "Chimps in Need" rescue program to rehome the Wildlife Waystation sanctuary chimps from California to Chimp Haven in Louisiana this fall. World-renowned ethologist and activist Dr. Jane Goodall has endorsed the emergency fund to support the transport and care for the chimps.
More than 400 animals, including these chimps, once found sanctuary at Wildlife Waystation in Los Angeles, Ca. until it closed in 2019. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife helped find new homes for all of the animals except for 40 chimpanzees who have remained there until recently. So far the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance has rehomed 22 chimpanzees from Wildlife Waystation. There are 18 chimpanzees awaiting rehoming at Chimp Haven. With the risk of California wildfires, outdated infrastructure, and insufficient water sources, the need to move the remaining chimps is urgent, said officials.
Chimp Chattanooga will take place at historic Grey Rocks, an iconic 1920s Arts & Crafts residence, adjacent to historic Lookout Mountain Civil War Battlefield, and now a renovated bed & breakfast with nationally recognized croquet court. The event will take place on Friday, June 24, from 6-8 p.m. The evening will feature vegan wine and appetizers along with open house tours of Grey Rocks and a Garden Walk by Owner Garnet Chapin.
There is a suggested donation of $20 per person for Chimp Chattanooga and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Chimp Haven's "Chimps in Need" rescue program, specifically funding the rescue mission of chimps who will once again find sanctuary and live free and safe at Chimp Haven for the rest of their lives.
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