Where Are Our Amazing Chimpanzees in the United States
There are over 2,000 chimpanzees found in a variety of facilities across the United States. In fact, in addition to their housing in accredited zoological parks, chimpanzees are one of the only exotic animals found in biomedical laboratories, sanctuaries and unaccredited animal parks in addition to being owned as pets and performers for television, movies and advertisements.
Click on any state to find out how many chimpanzees there are and in what types of facilities they live.
- Accredited zoos are zoological parks accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Chimpanzees living at AZA-accredited zoos are cooperatively managed as part of the Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan.
- "Unaccredited facilities" are those without formal accrediting oversight. They include non-AZA zoos, non-NAPSA sanctuaries, and other organizations that may share some characteristics of zoos, sanctuaries and seller/breeders.
- Trainer/entertainment facilities hold chimpanzees primarily for the purpose of breeding and training chimpanzees to be used in movies, advertisements, television and print media.
- Biomedical laboratories house chimpanzees that are either used for medical research protocols or may be "in holding" for projected future research use.
- GFAS sanctuaries are accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). These sanctuaries provide permanent housing for chimpanzees from the pet, research and entertainment industries. They do not enage in breeding programs and may not be open to the public.
- Pet/seller/breeders are privately-owned chimpanzees: either bred for public ownership or currently living in private residences. Their specific location is not indicated on the map.
There are currently 1646 chimpanzees listed for the United States