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Chimpanzees in Captivity


Chimpanzees pay a price that is sometimes fatal because they are our closest relatives. Chimpanzees in captivity have been placed in situations of human exploitation, as pets, biomedical use, or entertainment.

Captive chimpanzees can be found in many places: biomedical research facilities, zoos, the entertainment industry, sanctuaries, and even in private homes. There are nearly 2,000 chimpanzees who live in captivity in the United States; approximately 900 are available for biomedical research, approximately 200-300 can be found in private homes, entertainment, and roadside zoos, and 800 live in zoos and sanctuaries.