Chimps left to starve on Monkey Island by health Research Company are thriving

By Kelly Mclaughlin For Mail online

Chimpanzees that were captured from the wild by humans to be used in medical experiments, infected with deadly diseases like hepatitis, then left deep in the jungles of Liberia are now thriving after crowd-funding efforts raised money to help with high monthly care costs.

The chimps that live on six islets in the country’s south – region dubbed Monkey Island – were experimented on at a controversial virus testing laboratory set up by the New York Blood Center (NYBC) in 1974.

It stopped the research in 2005, leaving 66 chimps on six small islets Liberia, wholly reliant on human support.

The project’s director had said the organisation would continue to provide ‘lifetime, but support ended in 2015, and the Humane Society took over efforts to care for the chimps.

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Source: News Now/ Mail Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.