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|About||Chimpanzee SSP is a group of dedicated professionals working to help all chimpanzees.|
Program Goals ("REACH")
Research: Science guides much of the management practices of the SSP. We're both initiate and support research projects with outcomes that will improve the care, management and conservation of chimpanzees.
Education: Public outreach is a vital component if we are to make a difference in public attitudes towards chimpanzees. Together with our institutional partners, we're working to inform people about chimpanzees, their needs and issues.
Advocacy: Chimpanzees faces myriad challenges in today's world. Together with Project ChimpCARE (www.chimpcare.org) the Chimpanzee SSP is committed to taking a stand on some of the critical issues facing the species as well as promoting optimal care in zoos.
Conservation: Critically endangered in their native Africa, chimpanzee populations are perilously low due to several factors including deforestation, disease and the bushmeat crisis. The SSP supports in situ activities that address these critical issues.
Husbandry: The people that look after chimpanzees in accredited zoos have some of the most rewarding yet challenging jobs around. The SSP serves these institutions by providing contemporary information about the proper care and management of chimpanzee groups in a variety of settings.
Formed in 1989, the Chimpanzee SSP works to achieve five primary goals:
(a) Ensuring the genetic and demographic health of the captive population; (b) Advancing the care of captive chimpanzees; (c) Engaging in research to help learn more about chimpanzees and their care; (d) Educating the public about critical chimp issues; (e) Partnering with other organizations that seek to improve the lives of wild and captive chimpanzees
The Chimpanzee SSP is a completely volunteer run by people who care about chimpanzees. Although programmatically supporting by the AZA and our member zoos, any funding for our efforts is from independent granting programs or from the sales of our official Chimpanzee SSP merchandise. Please check out our products at Cafe Press: