We make grants to accredited, North American sanctuaries for projects that provide permanent sanctuary to chimpanzees.
The Chimpanzee Sanctuary Fund gratefully accept gifts from individuals, foundations, businesses and other interested parties who wish to support chimpanzee retirement to sanctuary. Donate now to give chimpanzees in laboratories their chance to reach sanctuary. To get involved, contact us here.
Meet the Chimpanzee Sanctuary Fund Advisors
Leslie Rudloff, Esq.
Acting Chief Program & Policy Officer
Animal Protection New Mexico
Ms. Rudloff serves as Chief Program & Policy Officer for the Animals in Science Department at Animal Protection New Mexico. For more than twelve years, Ms. Rudloff has used the legal system to promote nonanimal alternatives in medical research and education. One of Ms. Rudloff’s significant focus areas is the use of open government laws, at both the state and federal level, to highlight the unnecessary use of animals in medical research.
Ms. Rudloff is a member of the Texas, Kentucky, Illinois, and Tennessee bars. She was nominated for the American Bar Association’s Excellence in Animal Law Award. She helped form the Tennessee Bar Association’s and Kentucky Bar Association’s Animal Law Sections. She presents at animal law conferences around the nation including Harvard Law School’s Animal Welfare Act at 50 Conference, The Law and Ethics of Animal Testing at the New Mexico State Bar, Legal Analysis of Animal Experimentation at the Chicago Bar Association, and many others. She authored Failure to Launch: The Lack of Implementation and Enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act, 66 Syr. L. Rev. 173 (2017) in Syracuse Law Review’s Symposium on Animal Law which was featured on the Animal Legal and Historical Center website.
Kay H. Farmer, PhD
Honorary Research Fellow
University of Stirling
Dr. Kay Farmer has worked throughout her career on issues affecting the welfare and conservation of great apes. Her efforts include the establishment of the first wildlife sanctuary in Cameroon, management of a gorilla reintroduction program in Congo, and environmental management work in Liberia. Dr Farmer’s PhD, received from the University of Stirling, focused on behavioral, ecological and management issues surrounding chimpanzee reintroduction. Kay sits on various committees and served as an Advisor to the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) for over a decade. She is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission Section on Great Apes and the IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group.
Brian Hare, PhD
Associate Professor, Evolutionary Anthropology
Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Dr. Brian Hare leads the the Hominoid Psychology Research Group and Duke Dog Cognition Lab. He conducts non-invasive, behavioral and cognitive research on great apes in accredited African sanctuaries and accredited zoos. Dr. Hare also manages the Ape Research Consortium which seeks to link ape researchers with accredited sanctuaries and zoos as an alternative to laboratory based research. Dr. Hare has published dozens of papers and books on great ape and dog cognition. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Sheri Speede, DVM
In Defense of Animals-Africa and
Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center
Dr. Sheri Speede has served as president of the Portland Veterinary Medical Association, co-founded the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and served as Northwest Director of In Defense of Animals. Dr. Speede also founded In Defense of Animals-Africa and Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center to collaborate with the Cameroonian government and provide sanctuary for chimpanzees orphaned by the illegal ape meat trade. Dr. Speede now splits her time between Cameroon and the United States and works to secure the future of chimpanzees in sanctuaries and the wild. She received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Louisiana State University.