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Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History

Thousands of our closest living relatives have lived among us for well over a century, many in solitary confinement. We've dressed and trained them to be like humans, sent them into space and infected them with diseases. An entire population of these captive chimpanzees has been left behind by science, entertainment and the pet trade, their care neglected, their stories forgotten, their records lost. View more chimp profiles from NATURE.

Ron, who was born in a research lab, now lives at the Save the Chimps sanctuary in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

Ron, who was born in a research lab, now lives at the Save the Chimps sanctuary in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

Credit: ©Save the Chimps

Ron on the island at the Save the Chimps sanctuary in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

Ron on the island at the Save the Chimps sanctuary in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

Credit: ©Save the Chimps

Featured in the film, Billy Jo was a circus chimpanzee before being sold to LEMSIP, a research laboratory. He lived out his years at the Fauna Foundation in Carignan, Quebec.

Featured in the film, Billy Jo was a circus chimpanzee before being sold to LEMSIP, a research laboratory. He lived out his years at the Fauna Foundation in Carignan, Quebec.

Credit: Cici Clark ©EBC

Thoto, featured in the film, was a circus chimpanzee, but now lives at the Save the Chimps sanctuary in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

Thoto, featured in the film, was a circus chimpanzee, but now lives at the Save the Chimps sanctuary in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

Credit: ©Save the Chimps

Jeannie lives at the Fauna Foundation in Carignan, Quebec.

Jeannie lives at the Fauna Foundation in Carignan, Quebec.

Credit: Tony Beck ©EBC

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