The chimps who call Project Chimps home all come from the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana, which holds the largest population of captive chimps in the world, according to Wade.
In 2015, lab chimpanzees were given endangered species protections, which meant an end to using them for research. The chimps at New Iberia live in semi-outdoor habitats while they wait to get transferred to sanctuaries. Project Chimps is working tirelessly to transfer the animals from the research center as fast as they can build (which depends on a steady influx of donations to expand the habitats for these chimps).
"We have 49 here at the sanctuary," Wade said, "and more than 160 at the lab."