For chimpanzees to live
happily ever after...
We want all chimpanzees to live the rest of their lives in peace and
happiness, and we strive to make their lives as enjoyable as possible.
•To create a sanctuary for
chimpanzees living in isolation
There are currently 308
chimpanzees in 48 facilities across Japan (as of May 2019). A chimpanzee
sanctuary can be one of the solutions to the problem of chimpanzees living
alone, with no social contact. In order to help such isolated chimpanzees
to live a new, socially-rich life with others of their species, we will
promote collaboration with existing sanctuaries, and provide aid and support
to help them start their new lives.
•To spread awareness about
natural chimpanzee behaviour
like to educate the public about what chimpanzees are and how they interact
with each other. Many people may be familiar with chimpanzee
behaviour seen in the entertainment industry, but such behaviors can be
very different from those of wild chimpanzees and can lead to
misunderstandings about chimpanzee nature.. In addition, by learning from
captive chimpanzees in Japan, we can aid in the conservation and protection
of wild chimpanzees.
•Sanctuary Project guidelines
1. Guarantee care for every chimpanzee
based on their individual, personal needs.
2. Ensure chimpanzees have
rich and healthy social lives.
3. Ensure that chimpanzees are healthy
4. Ensure that chimpanzees are healthy mentally.
them to live a life with the full and complex range of normal chimpanzee
6. Educate the public about natural chimpanzee behaviour.
•Can isolated chimpanzees learn
to live with friends?
If a chimpanzee
has lived many years in isolation, are they still able to live a social
It will definitely take some time, but eventually they can learn to
live with others. If they were captured from the wild, or lived with other
chimpanzees at a young age, they can adapt to living in social groups much
faster. For chimpanzees bred in captivity and raised in isolation for much
or all of their lives, it takes a longer time to be able to do so. Time and
repetition is needed to introduce individuals together to find a compatible
Like us, chimpanzees have a diverse range of personalities. They
can be calm, easy-going, quarrelsome, playful or nurturing, and they have to
learn to get along and become friends. Depending on the personality and
interaction, staff may have to step in sometimes to intervene and mediate.
In the wild, chimpanzees have fission-fusion societies, so they do not have
to spend every single hour of every day together. If they want to be alone,
they can be alone, and if they want to play with friends they can seek them
out – this is the kind of environment we are aiming for, where chimpanzees
can make their own choices. It is important for them to have the freedom to
express their personalities.
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