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ARCHIVED - Costs for Maintaining Humane Care and Welfare of Chimpanzees October 31, 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 $35 per day per chimpanzee in research facilities; $67.00 per day per chimpanzee in the research reserve facility at Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF); and $47 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 10/31/11
(total)

NCRR cost*,
$M/year

(total)

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

NIRC 117 1.23 28.8
K-CCMR 154 2.56 45.5
SNPRC (P51) 125 1.02 22.4
SNPRC (U42) 25 .047 56.3
Total (421) (5.3) (34.5)

Research Reserve
Facility

# of Chimpanzees,
as of 10/31/11
(total)

NCRR cost*,
$M/year

(total)

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

APF 173 4.25 67.4

Federal Sanctuary
Facility

# of Chimpanzees,
as of 10/31/11
(total)

NCRR cost*,
$M/year

(total)

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

Chimp
Haven
119 2.03 46.7

*Cost determined as below based on most recent 2011 to 2012 Notice of Grant Awards (NOGA) or invoices/obligated funds for contracts with Chimp Haven and APF.

NIRC - New Iberia Research Center, Lafayette, LA

  • Total cost from NOGA dated 09/01/2011 - 08/31/2012= $1,232,563

KCCMR - Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research, Bastrop, TX

  • Total cost from NOGA dated 09/15/2011 - 08/31/2012= $2,565,743

SNPRC (P51) - Southwest National Primate Research Center, San Antonio, TX

  • Total cost from NOGA dated 05/01/2011 - 04/30/2012, pro-rated for costs associated with chimpanzees only = $1,021,642.
  • 125 chimpanzees owned by SNPRC and supported by NCRR

SNPRC (U42) - Southwest National Primate Research Center, San Antonio, TX

  • Total cost from NOGA dated 09/05/2011 - 07/31/2012= $471,185
  • 25 chimpanzees owned and supported by NCRR

APF - Alamogordo Primate Facility, Alamogordo, NM

  • Total cost from contract HHSN268201100065C for period 09/30/2011 - 06/29/2012 = $3,190,176. Extrapolated to one year = $4,253,568.

319Chimp Haven, Inc. - Shreveport, LA

  • Average of invoices from July 2011 thru September 2011 used to project cost to September 2012 = $169,088 X 12 = $2,029,056.

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