I am one of the oldest residents of Save the Chimps, and have quite a storied history. I was born in the wild in the mid-1960s, and was captured and sent to the Phoenix Zoo in Arizona in 1967. I lived for a year in the zoo’s nursery, and was then transferred to Howard M. Purcell, Jr., M.D. where I was a family pet until 1973. In 1973 I became part of “Genus Pan” which was a chimpanzee breeding facility owned and operated by Dr. Purcell. There I lived with six other chimpanzees.
In 1985, Dr. Purcell turned us over to the Primate Foundation of Arizona (PFA), a breeding and behavioral research facility that provided chimps to biomedical research labs. PFA sent me to the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP), where I lived for two years in a 5′ x 5′ x 7′ cage that was suspended off the ground like a birdcage. In 1987, LEMSIP returned me to PFA, and they in turn sent me to The Coulston Foundation, a biomedical research laboratory in NM that would become notorious for its poor care and cruel treatment of chimpanzees. I spent about a year in the breeding program, and then was used in four different biomedical research studies.
Finally, in 2002, I was rescued by Save the Chimps, and was relocated to an island sanctuary in Florida. Today I am a beloved member of Tanya’s Group. I really enjoy the outdoors, and can often be found relaxing under a large oak tree. I am known for my gentle demeanor and love of blankets. I carry a bundle of them everywhere I go!
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