FORT PIERCE- Close to home in nearby Fort Pierce, a private enclave exists as home for more than 250 chimpanzees. Living on enriched island habitats with trees, hills, climbing structures, and platforms, these deserving animals are our neighbors at Save The Chimps, the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary. Their unique home and the intriguing non-profit organization that supports them will be the subject of a free presentation at The Emerson Center on Thursday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m.

Executive Director Molly Polidoroff and veterinarian Dr. Jocelyn Bezner will share the podium to tell about this massive facility, considered by many to be the Treasure Coast’s best-kept secret.

Save the Chimps was started by renowned primatologist Dr. Carole Noon with the help of Jon Stryker, the founder and president of the Arcus Foundation. The organization provides permanent sanctuary and lifelong care for chimpanzees rescued from research laboratories, entertainment, and the pet trade. From its inception two years ago, the organization has provided loving care, clean housing, fresh food, daily enrichment, specialized medical treatment and secure privacy — all to ensure the long-term care of neglected or unwanted chimpanzees.

This lecture program is part of the Florida Humanities Series, sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs. Additional support from Marine Bank and Trust ensures that these important programs remain open to the public and free of charge. All performances begin at 7:00 p.m.

While the capacity of the Emerson Center exceeds 800 people, free general admission is offered on a first-come-first-served basis for all Humanities programs. No ticket is necessary. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to socialize, enjoy a pre-event wine bar, and claim preferred seating.

The Emerson Center is handicap accessible and is conveniently located at 1590 27th Avenue, on the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach. For more information, contact the Emerson Center Box Office at 772-778-5249 or visit their website.