We were hoping to break ground in March for Phase 2 of the expansion, but things were put on hold with the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and the economic uncertainty. Mave, Willy B, and Honey B from Wildlife Waystation continue to settle into their new home and we are grateful for each day.
Good news! Thanks to the continued support of individual donors, we will be breaking ground on Phase 2 on July 20th and hope to bring another group of chimpanzees from Wildlife Waystation in 2021.
Read this blog post from Co-Director J.B. for details about our plans for the future.
Phase 1 of the expansion was completed, and three new chimpanzees from Wildlife Waystation moved in to their new home! We continued to raise funds for the next phases of the expansion, with 32 chimpanzees in need remaining at Wildlife Waystation.
We attempted to integrate the new three with our original group of seven. Despite some bonds beginning to form, the integration resulted in some serious fighting and was ultimately unsuccessful, making the next phases of the expansion even more important for the new three chimpanzees.
It was a very busy fall at the sanctuary, and lots of progress was made. We welcomed four new cattle residents in addition to starting the chimpanzee building expansion. Read all about it here!
We have the finished engineered plans for Phase 1 (medical clinic, introduction and quarantine space) of the planned chimpanzee building expansion and are currently seeking bids and finalizing details in order to get building permits. At the same time, our architect is working on plans for Phase 2 (large playroom for a separate group of chimpanzees). The construction industry is busy in our area right now, so we will likely break ground for Phase 1 in the spring of 2018 (see the image of the plan below).
Additionally, we recently closed on the purchase of 21 acres of land immediately adjacent to the original sanctuary property. This brings the total acreage to 90 and establishes a buffer on all sides of the existing developed sanctuary land. Plus it sets the sanctuary up to provide a home for many more animals in need well into the future.
While we have done everything we can to move forward with finalizing a contract for the transfer of additional chimpanzees to Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, some circumstances are out of our hands. However, we remain committed to providing a home for more chimpanzees who would benefit from a sanctuary environment, and we are excited to break ground and Bring Them Home!
As the video above announced, in the spring of 2016, the sanctuary was able to acquire two additional parcels of land, tripling the total acreage. We do not have plans to immediately build on the new property, but the land provides a buffer for the sanctuary and will allow for further expansion in the future.
A $50,000 matching grant from The Chimpanzee Sanctuary Fund, matched by generous donors at the 2016 HOOT! gala and further support throughout the year enabled us to move forward on plans for a physical expansion to be conducted in four phases so that CSNW can provide a home for more chimpanzees in need. Big thanks to everyone - individual donors and private foundations - who supported this effort as well as contributed towards the ongoing care of the chimpanzees. With your help, we plan to break ground on Phase 1 in 2017 and will continue to raise funds for further phases via our Bring Them Home Expansion Campaign.
The State of the Sanctuary 2015
As you’ll see in the above video, we’ve accomplished a lot together in the seven years since we first met Jamie, Negra, Burrito, Foxie, Jody, Annie, and Missy in that laboratory basement.
Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest is a testament to what can happen when chimpanzees are given a second chance in a true sanctuary environment where they are given the freedom to make choices and, finally, learn what it is to be a chimpanzee.
Thanks to supporters, donors, volunteers, and chimpanzee advocates like you, both the chimpanzees and their sanctuary home have been transformed, and thousands of people have been made aware of the plight of chimpanzees and have been moved to help them.
At CSNW, chimpanzees can live out the rest of their lives with dignity and respect, and each day this motivates us to do more.
Contact J.B. Mulcahy, Co-Director
Contact Diana Goodrich, Co-Director