I was invited to do an exclusive interview with the chairs of the Chimps Kitchen event on location at the Save the Chimps Sanctuary.  This was an amazing experience.  I had heard about the Chimp sanctuary but, because it is not open to the public just being on the 150 acre plus property was a treat.  They allowed me and my photographer to get pictures, videos and drone footage while I was there.  I learned so much about the Chimps and their horrendous past. The atmosphere was clean and peaceful and allows the retired Chimps to live the rest of their lives in an environment that does not exploit or abuse.

My tour of the sanctuary included the kitchen, several islands and interacting with some of the retired Chimps that had been in the entertainment industry.  One of the volunteers started singing and when she finished her song, a chimpanzee named Lisa Marie clapped. The one on one connection inspired me to know more. If you are interested in becoming a member, the website link is below.

I would encourage everyone to get on the Save the Chimps website and to learn more about the sanctuary.  The Sanctuary is privately funded with working staff, Vets and volunteers.  For further information their webpage offers a FAQ section.   http://www.savethechimps.org/      

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Plythe Freedman holds a MA in Youth Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary. She is a mother of two. Her passion for small businesses and her community has been displayed through her many hours of volunteering and meeting with city officials to assist in promoting Fort Pierce. She is also a former board member of Grace Way Village, a non profit organization that helps clothe and feed disadvantaged children. She is a former member of the Chamber of Commerce and a former Royal Palms member. She served on the RDC advisory board at Suncoast Mental Health Center. And She was appointed by a City Commissioner to serve on the CRA Advisory Committee as the chair. She worked with Frontline For Kids as their public relations specialist and had her own column in the Lincoln Park Main Street Showcase. Plythe's goal is to promote Fort Pierce as a destination for families to visit, live, work and play.

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