Public invited to Louisiana chimp sanctuary

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KEITHVILLE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana sanctuary for retired federally owned chimpanzees has scheduled four mornings when the public can see humanity's closest relatives in outdoor habitats.

Chimp Haven is in Keithville, outside Shreveport. The sanctuary has scheduled "Chimpanzee Discovery Days " from 9 a.m. to noon on four spring and fall Saturdays: March 16, April 13, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16.

The sanctuary says the best time to see chimps is from 9 to 10 a.m., because they're released into their habitats at 9:15, 9:30 and 9:45 a.m. Admission is $10 for anyone age 13 and up, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for kids under age 6.

Behind-the-scenes tours also are available, at 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Those tickets cost an additional $5 or $10.