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ARCHIVED - Costs for Maintaining Humane Care and Welfare of Chimpanzees
June 9, 2011

For current information on this topic, please see  http://dpcpsi.nih.gov/orip/cm/chimpanzee_maintenance.aspx.

There are two types of costs associated with the long-term care of chimpanzees owned by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR): appropriate facility construction and chimpanzee care and welfare costs.

Facility Construction Costs
Chimpanzee facilities are uniquely designed for these large animals, including indoor housing with air conditioning/heating, special wall furniture, and outdoor housing tailored to chimpanzee size and behavior. In 2002-2004 NIH spent approximately $11.8 million to construct a federal sanctuary facility operated by Chimp Haven to appropriately house 130 federally-owned chimpanzees over their life-time.

Chimpanzee Care and Welfare
Based on the most recent awards and payments, NIH is spending an average of $34.00 per day per chimpanzee in research facilities; $69.00 per day per chimpanzee in the research reserve facility at Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF); and $44 per day per chimpanzee in the federal sanctuary facility operated by Chimp Haven. The average for research facilities becomes $44 per day if the research reserve facility at APF is included. See Table 1 for detailed figures.

TABLES: Cost of NCRR Supported Chimpanzees

Research
Facility

# of Chimpanzees,
as of 4/15/11
(total)

NCRR cost*,
$M/year

(total)

NCRR cost,
$/animal/day,
(avg)

NIRC 124 1.06 23.5
K-CCMR 159 2.83 48.7
SNPRC 153 1.54 27.6
Total (436) (5.43) (34.1)

Research Reserve
Facility

# of Chimpanzees,
as of 4/15/11
(total)

NCRR cost*,
$M/year

(total)

NCRR cost,
$/animal/day,
(avg)

APF 176 4.43 68.9

Federal Sanctuary
Facility

# of Chimpanzees,
as of 4/15/11
(total)

NCRR cost*,
$M/year

(total)

NCRR cost,
$/animal/day,
(avg)

Chimp
Haven
122 1.95 43.8


*Cost determined as below based on most recent 2010 to 2011 Notice of Grant Awards (NOGA) or invoices received (in the case of Chimp Haven and APF).

NIRC - New Iberia Research Center, Lafayette, LA

  • Total cost from NOGA dated 09/01/2010 - 08/31/2011 = $1,061,517

K-CCMR - Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research, Bastrop, TX

  • Total cost from NOGA dated 09/01/2010 - 08/31/2011= $2,827,232

SNPRC - Southwest National Primate Research Center, San Antonio, TX

  • Total cost from NOGA dated 05/01/2010 - 04/30/2011, pro-rated for costs associated with chimpanzees only = $1,539,951

APF - Alamogordo Primate Facility, Alamogordo, NM

  • Average of invoices from Oct 2010 to April 2011 used to project cost to end of FY 2011 = $329,075, X 12 = $3,948,900
  • Plus New Mexico gross receipts tax = $480,000
  • Total cost = $3,948,900 + $480,000 = $4,428,900

Chimp Haven, Inc. - Shreveport, LA

  • Average of invoices from Oct 2010 to April 2011 used to project cost to end of FY 2011 = $162,494, X 12 = $1,949,928



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