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Established in 1981, Friends of Washoe is a non-profit organization (501.c3) dedicated to supporting Washoe's remaining family, Tatu and Loulis, in their home at Fauna Foundation; studying communication in all primates and ways to improve captive conditions for all apes; and promoting peaceful coexistence between human and non-human animals through education and awareness.


Primate News

After The New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department's June 8th decision on and dismissal of the Nonhuman Rights Project's habeas corpus cases of Tommy and Kiko, two captive chimpanzees, the NhRP has decided to release the full court decision with the NhRP's full annotations in order to inform the public about the court's failure to do its duty. The read the annotated decision and Steven Wise's statement on its release, click here.

To learn the background of this story and see Tatu and Loulis in their new home, check out the documentary Unlocking the Cage!

The NIH announced plans to phase out biomedical research on chimpanzees in 2013 and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife re-classified all U.S. chimpanzees as endangered in 2015, putting an end to all chimpanzee use in biomedical research, yet only 73 of the hundreds of chimpanzees still in lab facilities have been moved to sanctuaries in the last two years. So many are still stuck because of resistance and lack of promised funding from labs, difficulty in expanding chimpanzee sanctuaries, and a lack of a solid plan by the government on how to go about the retirement process. To read more about these complicating factors and where the majority of chimpanzees are now, click here

Author Gains Insight and Inspiration from Advanced Chimposium

In her interview with Diane Rehm of NPR, author Karen Joy Fowler credits her visit to CHCI for helping her understand chimpanzees for her novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. Click here to hear the excerpt. Or follow this link to hear the whole program.

Learn about Tatu & Loulis's home at Fauna Foundation's website!