13600 Chimpanzee Place
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Release # 090507 Contact: Lee Anna Naranjo, Public Relations Specialist
May 7, 2009
ALOHA TO MAY CHIMPANZEE DISCOVERY DAY
KEITHVILLE, La. — Chimp Haven celebrates its third Chimpanzee Discovery Day of 2009 on Saturday morning, May 16th, at the Eddie D. Jones Nature Park in Keithville. The theme will be Hawaiian Luau.
Guests are invited to wear their favorite Hawaiian shirts and bring donations of tropical fruits (fresh or dried) like pineapple and coconuts, and sugar-free frozen fruit pops. In order to make refreshing treats for the chimpanzees during the warm summer months, the staff can use donations of plastic mixing bowls, long-handled stirring spoons, and plastic "go cups." Donations of hard plastic kiddie swimming pools for the chimpanzees to splash in are also appreciated.
From 9:00 a.m. until noon, guests can observe chimpanzees in their forested habitats from a protected viewing area. For those wanting to know more about the chimpanzees at Chimp Haven, the staff will be giving "Chimp Chat," discussions about topics like chimpanzee behavior, veterinary care, and natural history. A number of activities are planned for young visitors. Chimp Haven’s nature trail will also be open for a short hike. This public event is free.
Chimpanzee Discovery Day will take place rain or shine. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. It is recommended that guests arrive at 9:00 a.m. for the best chance to see chimpanzee activity.
For questions, driving directions or additional information please call the Chimp Haven Hot Line at 318.925.5630 or visit www.chimphaven.org
Chimp Haven, The National Chimpanzee Sanctuary, is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide a permanent retirement sanctuary for chimpanzees no longer used for biomedical research, entertainment, or as pets. Located 25 miles southwest of Shreveport, La. in the Eddie D. Jones Nature Park in Caddo Parish, Chimp Haven opened its doors in Phase I to the first residents in April 2005. The sanctuary is now home to 132 retired chimpanzees.