You can help chimpanzees living in sanctuaries simply by casting a vote in a unique art contest hosted by the Humane Society of the United States.
Six chimps who are retired from former lives in research, entertainment and the pet trade have created works of art that are now vying for your vote.
One of the participating chimpanzees, Jamie, is from Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Cle Elum, Wash.
Famed primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall will also choose a favorite painting.
“Sadly, these chimpanzees will never be able to return to the wild, so it’s desperately important that we do everything possible to support really good sanctuaries where they can live out their lives in peace. They have suffered enough," she said.
You can vote for your favorite chimpanzee artwork once every day until 5:00 p.m. ET, August 22, 2013. All results will be announced on August 29, 2013.
The contest entries include enrichment artwork by:
• Brent from Chimp Haven in Keithville, La.
• Cheetah from Save the Chimps in Fort Pierce, Fla.
• Jamie from Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Cle Elum, Wash.
• Jenny from Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville, Ky.
• Patti from Chimps, Inc. in Bend, Ore.
• Ripley from Center for Great Apes in Wauchula
The resident sanctuaries will be awarded grant prizes from The HSUS to help care for retired chimpanzees. First place in public voting will receive a $10,000 grant, second place $5,000 and third place $2,500. Dr. Goodall's pick will receive $5,999,
After the contest, the artwork will be auctioned off and the proceeds will benefit the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance.