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ST. LUCIE COUNTY -
In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the rescue of 266 former Coulston chimpanzees, Save the Chimps will host its second annual member day event on Sept. 15.
The first member day event, held in January 2012, reached capacity with 250 visitors who eagerly toured the world's largest chimpanzee sanctuary to catch a glimpse of its residents.
The sanctuary is typically 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
"We've been overwhelmed by the number of requests to tour the sanctuary," said Triana Romero, Save the Chimps director of communications.
"We created member day 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."
Save the Chimps will be open to all current 2012 members or those who become members at the $50 enthusiast level.
Guided walking tours of the sanctuary grounds run from 11a.m.-3 p.m., however, reservations are required to secure a time slot.
The walking tour covers 1.25 miles of the expansive 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.
Photographs are permitted, so bring a camera.
To become a member, visit www.savethechimps.org. Current or existing members can call (772) 429-2225 to reserve a slot.