And the Winner Is...A Chimpanzee!

Photo by: Meredith Lee/For the HSUS

1st Place Winner ($10,000)

Brent

Chimp Haven, Keithville, La.

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Photo by: Meredith Lee/For the HSUS

1st Place Winner ($10,000)

Brent

Chimp Haven, Keithville, La.

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Thu, Aug 29, 2013 9:40 AM EDT

The Humane Society of the United States estimates that there are more than 1,000 chimpanzees living in laboratories, private residences, and entertainment facilities in the U.S. Some of these animals are maltreated, and many are kept in captivity for decades. Caring for an older chimp after it's retired or abandoned is challenging - and expensive. The HSUS launched its Chimpanzee Art Contest to raise money for the members of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance, which provide outstanding care for these intelligent creatures. There were more than 27,000 online votes, and renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall also weighed in on her favorite. The winners were announced Thursday morning. According to the HSUS, chimpanzees love to paint, and it's one of many activities they enjoy at the sanctuaries. "All of the art was beautiful and unique, just like chimpanzees!" said Goodall in a statement. "It was difficult to choose. It's so important that the public support all of these sanctuaries in their mission to provide exceptional care to chimpanzees, and other primates, who have suffered through so much." All six sanctuaries received a financial award for participating. --Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer