Because the sanctuary is full of other chimps who have needed to be rescued like Leo was, the Desmonds are trying to relocate to a larger property, but first they have to build the facilities for their special residents — 40 chimps so far, most of them under age 7.
"We have land we acquired with a large and beautiful forest," Desmond said. "We are desperate to get the chimps to this new home. We want them to have what they deserve and a future that will be enriching for them — their life spans can be over 50 years!"
But Desmond hopes that eventually they'll stop receiving any baby chimps at all. Part of what LCRP does is fight the illegal trafficking of chimps through strategic collaborations and educational programs. The dream is that chimps like Leo "remain in the wild with their real families," Desmond said, "safe and sound."