Donate Hello my name is

Nigida

Age 24
Birthday 6/28/1993
Rescued From Research

Member of
Special Needs

I am a Cancer.

My Personality

  • Endearing
  • Silly
  • Playful
  • Irresistible

My Favorite Things

  • Basketballs
  • Playing chase
  • Plastic toys, especially buckets and trucks

My Biggest Fan Thinks

“That’s my Buddy!”

Cliff PetersonCliff Peterson
Director of Facilities
Team member  2006-2017

Nigida

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My History

I was born June 28, 1993 to my parents Gogi and Roman at The Coulston Foundation, a lab in Alamagordo, NM. I was taken away from my mother immediately after birth, and raised in the nursery. I was rescued in 2002 by Save the Chimps when I was just nine years old.

Although I was used very briefly as a biomedical research subject, I have been fortunate to spend more time in sanctuary than I did in a lab. I was once a member of Carlos’ Group, which disbanded in 2010 after the alpha male, Carlos, passed away. Unfortunately, I was injured by other members of my group, and have since had difficulty getting along with other chimpanzees. I love human attention so I became one of our Special Needs chimps.
I have an abundantly outgoing personality and am always smiling—well, almost always. If I’m not smiling, I’m puckering my lips as if asking for a kiss! One of my favorite activities is grooming my caregivers with a tickle stick, and I especially like to try to untie shoelaces with it. I am also well known for my epic games of chase with my caregivers: the faster the better, and the bigger my smile gets. I am so playful that simply stomping my foot to start a game of chase puts a big smile on my face. I immediately start swinging and running, always looking back to see if they can keep up with me.

I like things to be neat and clean. I will clean my room with a sponge, and I prefer to sit on “furniture”—like a giant Boomer ball or a toy plastic spool—rather than the ground. I also am rather particular when it comes to my food. I have simple tastes, preferring veggies and fruit. Special foods that we get for parties such as crackers or dried fruit doesn’t excite me as much as frozen bananas or grapes.

I have been enjoying my new play yards, recently constructed at Special Needs. I enjoy running through the grass and climbing all the way to the top to see far and wide across the Sanctuary. I like to keep an eye on everything that is going on—and am always thrilled when someone comes over to say hello.

Donate in honor of this sweet, playful guy that everyone loves!