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Chimp sanctuary opens doors to public
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Posted: 2013 Jan 25 - 07:08

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- Save the Chimps will host its second annual member day event on Jan. 26.

The first member day event, held in January 2012, reached capacity with 300 visitors who toured the world's largest chimpanzee sanctuary to catch a glimpse of the chimpanzee residents.

The sanctuary is usually closed to the public, so the chimpanzees can enjoy their lives in a peaceful environment. Member day is the only opportunity for people to tour the 150-acre sanctuary and witness more than 250 chimpanzees enjoying their island homes.

"Member day was created as a way to connect the people who are dedicated to supporting our mission and give them an opportunity to witness firsthand how their generosity benefits our chimpanzee residents," said Triana Romero, Save the Chimps director of communications

Save the Chimps will be open to all current 2013 members or those who become members at the $50 enthusiast level. Guided walking tours of the sanctuary grounds begin at 11 a.m. through 3 p.m., however, reservations are required to secure a time slot.

The walking tour covers 1.25 miles of the 150-acre sanctuary in Fort Pierce. Members will observe the chimpanzees as they roam the islands of grass, palm trees, hills and climbing structures that allow the chimps to run and play, visit with friends or find a quiet corner to relax, bask in the sun or curl up in the shade.

To become a member of Save the Chimps, visit www.savethechimps.org/memberday to become a member and reserve a tour time or call (772)429-2225 to reserve a slot.

Membership fees for adults 18 and older are $50 per person.

For children ages 10-17, a $20 donation per child is required and they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

There is no donation required for children 9 and under, but they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian

Photographs are permitted, and this is a rain or shine event.

RSVP is required.

Limited slots are available for a golf-cart tour for members who are not able to participate in a walking tour. Please call (772) 429-2225 to request a golf-cart tour or other assistance.

For more information, visit www.savethechimps.org/memberday.

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