Chimpanzee Discovery Day to be held Sept. 15 at Chimp Haven in Keithville

Chimpanzee Discovery Day September 15 in Keithville

KEITHVILLE, LA (KSLA) - Chimp Haven will be open to the public Saturday for another one of its Discovery Days.

A Discovery Day is centered around educating the public about the chimpanzees living in the sanctuary.

Chimp Haven has housed 300 chimpanzees since the facility opened.

The sanctuary’s goal is to give long-term care to aging chimpanzees. The chimps live in large social groups where they can live out the rest of their lives with freedom and tranquility.

The 200 chimpanzees that live at Chimp Haven are able to be seen on a daily basis.

The Chimpanzees Discovery Days are a unique opportunity to see the species in their natural habitat that you don’t get to do every day.

From 9 a.m. until noon, you can go around to different stations to learn about the personalities of each chimp, their natural behaviors and even their eating habits.

Ashley Gordon, Chimp Haven’s communications and regional development manager, said Discovery Days show the public “what the chimp life is.”

“This is a place where chimpanzees come just to be chimpanzees," she also said. "We do find it important to educate the public about chimpanzees and our mission of caring for them in captivity and the importance of sanctuaries.”

Admission to Chimpanzee Discovery Day is free for children age 5 or younger, $5 each for those ages 6-12 and $10 each for everyone else.

The event will go on as weather permits; so make sure to check their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for updates this week.

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