Release & Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories (Project R&R)

Release & Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories (Project R&R)

Chimpanzees laugh when they play and whimper when they are distraught; they express joy, anger, jealousy, compassion, despair, and affection. Based on what is known about chimpanzees’ intelligence, emotions, and similarity to humans, as well as what is known about the lack of scientific necessity/usefulness of their use, many countries have banned or limited research on chimpanzees and other great apes. 

Project R&R successfully led the charge to end the use of chimpanzees in U.S. biomedical research and testing. NEAVS' focus is now on providing former laboratory chimpanzees release and restitution in sanctuary. Project R&R achieved its goal for a worldwide end to harmful, invasive, and lethal research on all great apes in the U.S.—the largest holding of chimpanzees for use in research in the world.

NIH plans to retire ALL NIH-owned and supported chimpanzees to Federal Sanctuary at Chimp Haven. The last chimpanzees are expected to be retired by the end of Fiscal Year 2023.

To learn about Pepper's story, watch the video below: