CWU facing decision on chimps: Add more or move?

Central Washington University is deciding the future of its Chimpanzee Human Communication Institute.

After it opened in 1993 it housed five chimps that learned American Sign Language.

The death of a chimp named Dar in November leaves only two animals, Tatu and Loulis.

The Daily Record reports a report to the university president last week says Central has to decide whether to bring in more chimps or move the two remaining to a sanctuary.

Adding three to five chimps would cost nearly $2 million for remodeling. The report also notes the chimps bring tourists to Ellensburg and help recruit students to Central Washington University.