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That would save money, because the 75 percent federal share of care at Chimp Haven is lower than the research contracts’ cost, Conlee has said.

With help from the Humane Society and other nonprofit groups, the sanctuary has in recent months raised $2.6 million needed to add bedrooms, six play yards and an open-air enclosure to accommodate all 111 federal chimps coming from New Iberia and another $100,000 toward a total $5.1 million goal announced in November.

“We certainly expect and hope the cap will be extended,” said Cathy Willis Spraetz, who became president of Chimp Haven three weeks ago.

If it isn’t? “Then we have to rely on our wonderful donors,” she said.

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Online:

http://www.chimphaven.org

Lori Gruen’s sites about research chimpanzees:

http://last1000chimps.com/

http://first100chimps.wesleyan.edu/