Sarah Baeckler Davis, executive director of the Humane Society of Naples, is also a primatologist, a non-practicing attorney, a nonprofit professional, and a bridge builder. She has worked with and for chimpanzees since 1997, when she first met Washoe, a chimpanzee famous for her use of American Sign Language. Sarah has a graduate degree in primatology from Central Washington University and a juris doctor from Lewis and Clark Law School. She was executive director at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest for its first five years and, in 2010, she co-founded the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance, an organization devoted to professionalizing the non-human primate sanctuary field and improving the overall care of non-human primates in captivity. In 2014 she founded Project Chimps, and formed a partnership with the New Iberia Research Center to retire all 220 of their former research chimpanzees.
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