HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!!! Success! 220 Research Chimps Will Be Released to a Sanctuary - “We’re making history here,” said Sarah Baeckler Davis, co-founder of Project Chimps. “We’re thrilled to partner with NIRC on this retirement of so many chimpanzees. It’s an unprecedented collaboration and a momentous occasion for chimpanzees.” More than 20,000 Care2 members signed a petition asking the NIRC to release the research animals.