WAUCHULA, FL (WWSB) -They are some of the most intelligent creatures on the planet, but chimpanzees and orangutans are nearing extinction in many countries due to deforestation and commercial hunting.
For over 24 years, the Center for Great Apes sanctuary in Wauchula has been taking in chimps and orangutans -and nursing the animals back to both physical and mental health after years in the entertainment business, research laboratories, and in private homes as pets.
The 120 acre center has provided a safe home for 23 orangutans and 35 chimpanzees over the years. Since the center is designated as a sanctuary (and not a zoo that relies on admission fees), they are in continuous need for help.
They currently offer a symbolic "Adopt An Ape" program for either a monthly or annual rate that goes toward the costs of food, medical care, and habitat maintenance.
For more on "Adopt An Ape" and their unique workshops head online to CenterForGreatApes.org.