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Central Washington University Starts New Chimpanzee Sanctuary Partnership

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The monkey business is not over at Central Washington University. Even though their famous sanctuary closed last year. The monkey business is not over at Central Washington University. Even though their famous sanctuary closed last year.

YAKIMA, WA - The monkey business is not over at Central Washington University. Even though their famous sanctuary closed last year. 

Well chimps to be exact. Students are now able to work with seven chimpanzees from the Northwest Sanctuary in Cle Elum. Professors say the new partnership allows the students to learn amazing things, not just about chimps, but about life itself.

"It's very humbling," Mary Lee Jensvold said. "And you realize that we're not that different from other non-human species."

Students will receive class credit for the work they do with the chimpanzees. The university already has close ties to the sanctuary. The co-director and several of the employees are Wildcat graduates.

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