But in the meantime, supporters have taken up the burden of caring for the chimps. Led by HSUS and other welfare groups, devoted local volunteers and members of the public have come together to sustain the little colony of abandoned chimps for the past eight months.
Snow White is a 35-year-old female who spent most of her life being tested on at NYBC. Here, she shares some corn with her year-old baby and another female named FDA.Jenny Desmond/Humane Society of the United StatesWithout public support, they would have perished within weeks.Now, dedicated volunteers arrive each day with a boatload of fresh fruit and other food to make sure the chimps have enough to survive, paid for largely by public donations.The chimps wait by the coast for their next meal.Jenny Desmond/Humane Society of the United StatesAnd, unlike NYBC, these chimps' new carers aren't giving up - and they're dedicated to making sure the rescued animals have everything they need to thrive, whether that's by pressuring NYBC to step up or providing for the chimps themselves."These chimpanzees have been through so much already - from the research they endured to civil wars in Liberia that resulted in the death of many of the original 200 chimpanzees," supporters wrote on a fundraising page. "Ultimately, with your help, we will work together to find a long-term solution to ensure the humane, lifetime care of these chimpanzees."Etti's 2-year-old daughter examines food dropped off by volunteers.Jenny Desmond/Humane Society of the United StatesIf you'd like to join other members of the public in buying food and water for these chimps, you can make a donation here. You can also sign this petition asking NYBC to take responsibility for the chimps it abandoned.