[monkeywire] St. Lucie County board OKs expansion of chimpanzee center
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Thu Dec 18 18:22:20 EST 2003
St. Lucie County board OKs expansion of chimpanzee center
December 18, 2003
More than 260 former research chimpanzees soon will have a home in St. Lucie County.
St. Lucie County commissioners have approved the expansion of the Center for Captive
Chimpanzee Care. The center, west of Fort Pierce, has plans to build 11 island homes for
the research chimps, which currently are in Alamogordo, N.M.
Since the center opened in 2001, it has housed more than 20 chimpanzees formerly owned by
the Air Force and used for space research.
Each of the islands will house about 25 chimpanzees and include shelters and recreation
areas, according to plans submitted to the county. The center now has one such island.
Its directors eventually plan to construct a historical museum with a space chimp
exhibit, a public education facility and research cottages on the 200-acre campus.
The center currently is not open to the public, but visitors will be allowed in the
museum and education center once they're completed. The chimpanzees would be seen through
a video monitoring system.
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