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Alan Cumming Joins 'Save the Chimps' Advisory Council

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Alan Cummings and Tonka

Fort Pierce - Saturday 24, 2022: After years of advocating on behalf of chimpanzees in entertainment, actor Alan Cumming has joined the 'Save the Chimps' Advisory Council.

Alan, along with members of his touring stage show, visited the sanctuary earlier this year, seeing firsthand the space, freedom, and care that the more than 220 rescued chimpanzees receive at 'Save the Chimps'.

"I feel a personal connection to many of the residents here," Alan said after touring the sanctuary. "In the 90's I starred in a film with an infant chimp, named Tonka. Back then I didn't know much about the way showbiz chimps are treated."

Tonka, at Save the Chimps

PETA was granted permission to rescue Tonka last year, but when the group went to carry out the court’s order, Tonka had vanished—and his owner falsely claimed that he had died. In response, PETA launched a nationwide search for the chimpanzee’s whereabouts that included help from Alan, who even offered a $20,000 reward for anyone who found him.

Tonka was located in June, inside a small basement cage. He arrived at the sanctuary and quickly settled in, enjoying soaking up the sunshine on the top level of his play yard, eating fresh food, and enjoying engaging enrichment. He immediately greeted his chimpanzee neighbors and enjoys playing chase with them along the yard.

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