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CWU Facing Decision on Chimps: Add More or Move?

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ELLENSBURG, Wash.,  - Central Washington University is deciding the future of its Chimpanzee Human Communication Institute.

A report to the university president last week says Central has to decide whether to bring in more chimps or move the two remaining to a sanctuary.

After it opened in 1993 it housed five chimps that learned American Sign Language.

The death of a chimp named Dar in November leaves only two animals, Tatu and Loulis.

Adding three to five chimps would cost nearly $2 million for remodeling.  The report also notes the chimps bring tourists to Ellensburg and help recruit students to Central Washington University.

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