Abstract # 2924 Event # 77:

Scheduled for Friday, June 18, 2010 04:05 PM-04:20 PM: Session 16 (Medallion Ballroom B) Oral Presentation


THE CHALLENGES OF STARTING A NEW CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY

J. B. Mulcahy
Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, PO Box 952, Cle Elum, WA 98922, USA
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     The sanctuary system for chimpanzees in the United States has reached a saturation point. While sanctuaries struggle with the demands of caring for their current residents, chimpanzees continue to be released and retired from research, entertainment, and pet ownership. In 2003, Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest (CSNW) was created to help meet this demand. Two years ago, CSNW completed construction of a new facility in Washington State and accepted the seven remaining chimpanzees from the Buckshire Corporation, a group that had been slated for retirement for nearly a decade. Creating a new sanctuary, as opposed to expanding an existing sanctuary, comes with a host of unique challenges. Building an organization from the ground up requires years of planning, policy development, board and staff recruitment, legal work, and construction, all before a single chimpanzee has been accepted. Most importantly, new sanctuaries face the incredible challenge of expanding the available pool of funding for sanctuaries so as not to compete with existing organizations that share the same goals. In this presentation, I will discuss the specific challenges that CSNW has faced and the ways in which we have overcome them.