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On June 13, 2008, a truck bearing seven chimpanzees from Pennsylvania rolled up the driveway at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, a 26-acre site on a hillside east of Cle Elum above the Yakima River.

Camera crews and reporters recorded the arrival of Negra, Annie, Foxie, Jamie, Jody, Missy and Burrito, all retired from use in biomedical research and beginning a new life in a setting designed just for them. For sanctuary founder Keith LaChapelle, their arrival was the realization of a dream born on the day he first looked into a chimpanzee’s eyes and knew he needed to become involved in chimp rescue.

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