Eyes on Apes | The Cle Elum Seven

The Cle Elum Seven

For the Cle Elum Seven individual life histories, click on their names in the menu to the right.

Before being rescued by Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in June 2008, Annie, Burrito, Foxie, Jamie, Jody, Missy, and Negra were known as "The Buckshire Seven" because they were together warehoused in a windowless basement at the Buckshire Corporation in Pennsylvania.

In the 1970's and 1980's, there was a high demand for chimpanzees in biomedical research. Chimpanzees were being used to test experimental hepatitis vaccines and other pharmaceuticals, and with the emergence of HIV/AIDS the demand grew even higher. Buckshire purchased chimpanzees from breeders, importers, and circuses and then leased those chimpanzees out to laboratories for profit.

Buckshire leased their chimps primarily to two laboratories: White Sands Research Center (which later became the infamous Coulston Foundation) in New Mexico, and the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates (otherwise known as LEMSIP) in New York.

Through their decades in research, the chimpanzees were routinely anesthetized, or "knocked down," for physical exams and to be injected or provide blood samples for research. After giving birth to infants, they were anesthetized and their babies were removed from them and taken to a nursery where they would become the next generation of research chimpanzees.

In June 2008 the Buckshire Seven became "The Cle Elum Seven" when they moved to Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest (CSNW) where they will live out the rest of their lives. Now, the chimpanzees no longer have to live in fear of being injected with vaccines or undergo invasive exams, they no longer have to sleep in 5 x 5 x 7 foot cages with slatted bars for a floor, and they no longer have to be alone. Now they have the feeling of sun on their backs when on Young's Hill (an expansive two-acre enclosure), they have the choice of what to play with or who to interact with, they get really healthy and delicious fresh fruit and veggies, and they can relax. CSNW has given them what they deserve, a peaceful and comfortable retirement.