Just three weeks after he completed a half-million-dollar donation to Chimp Haven, a Louisiana sanctuary for former laboratory chimpanzees, Bob Barker has sent $250,000 to Save the Chimps, a sanctuary in Florida.
“He was one of the first donors we had in 1998,” said Save the Chimps communications director Triana Romero. “He has been following our progress and it’s wonderful for him to make another donation.”
Barker, who is 88 years old and did not travel to Florida for the occasion, replied: “Just as the name implies, Save the Chimps saves chimpanzees from horrible research experiments,” said Barker. “I welcome the opportunity to help Save the Chimps provide these long suffering chimpanzees the type of life that the Good Lord intended for them.”
Save the Chimps, the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary, was founded in 1997 by Carole Noon who was inspired to help chimpanzees after meeting Jane Goodall in the early 1980s. Noon founded Save the Chimps to provide permanent sanctuary to chimpanzees being abandoned by the United States Air Force.