I was born in New Mexico on March 5th, 1992 and am the daughter of Yolanda and Emory, two of Dr. Noon’s favorite chimpanzees. Like so many before me, I was taken from my mom and raised in a nursery. When I was one year old, they shipped me out to be used in research. It was very, very hard on me and I screamed and hit myself a lot, but they kept giving me injections and moving me away from friends.
Finally, Save The Chimps rescued me, but I still bear the emotional scars of my past.
I was born to Carlos and Montessa on July 9th, 1993 and got to stay with my mother until they sent me away two years later. I was used in multiple experiments in several labs undergoing countless sedations, blood work and biopsies. During these studies I had severe allergic reactions, anesthetic complications and a part of my liver was removed. Six years into the research I started self -mutilating that manifested years later as PTSD. It has been a challenging 9 years of treatment and healing , but I am finally under control.
April was born on April 29, 1979, taken from her mother soon after birth and was raised by her human “owner.” April was a pet as well as an entertainer, and Save the Chimps was told that she appeared in a TV movie entitled “The Wild and the Free.” However, cute, cuddly young April grew up and like all chimps, she simply was too strong to handle safely. She went suddenly from being a pampered pet to being banished in a barren cage.
April’s owners inevitably realized that April and their two other pet chimps, Pepsi and September, needed a safe, secure permanent home. Save the Chimps rescued these three chimps in March 2002. April, Pepsi and September found it very challenging to live with other chimps – even each other.
To learn more about this very beautiful lady and help support her, adopt April today.
Elway was born at the Coulston Foundation research lab in Alamogordo, NM on May 21, 1999 to his mother Melissa and his father Boy. He was taken from Melissa and sent to the nursery to be raised by humans. Every month he was anesthetized in order to take blood samples. Elway was placed in a group of other chimps his own age. Without mothers to cling to, they clung to each other, so much so it was often hard to tell who was who in the group. However, Elway’s loveable big ears made him easy to pick out.
Learn more and help support this lovable boy by adopting Elway today!
Garfield was born on March 9, 1991 at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research. When he was three, he was taken from his mother. He remained at Southwest until he was seven, when he was sent to the Coulston Foundation and was anesthetized six times within that first year for physicals and blood screenings.
Garfield is a very large and magnificent chimpanzee, with lighter skin than most chimps, and a very prominent jaw. We have been told that he resembles his father Eric, and Garfield has passed these traits on. In 2003, three chimps were born in the Air Force Group, despite the fact that all the males, including Garfield, had been given vasectomies. Unfortunately, Garfield’s vasectomy grew back and genetic testing revealed that he was the father of Jude, JB, and Angie.
Help support this handsome and dignified chimp by adopting Garfield today.
Jack was born on November 20, 1980 in Norman, OK at the Institute for Primate Studies to his parents Vanessa and Ali. Jack is half- brother to STC residents Sarah and Zeke, and the nephew of the famous sign-language trained chimpanzee Nim Chimpsky, the subject of the documentary Project Nim. Jack’s birth name was Jacob, but over the years it morphed into Jack. Jack was transferred from Oklahoma to a circus act …and despite having his teeth removed became too dangerous to perform by age 9.
…After he outgrew his usefulness, he was sent to the Coulston Foundation laboratory on August 12, 1989. On October 15, 1991 he entered his first biomedical research study. For the next year, Jack received multiple injections, blood tests, bone marrow biopsies and had lymph nodes removed. Over the next 10 years, Jack was used in four more studies.
…In September 2002, Jack’s years of exploitation finally came to an end. He was rescued by Save the Chimps and will never be forced to entertain us or be used as a test subject again.
Jack deserves nothing less than a peaceful and dignified retirement. Help support this handsome chimp by adopting Jack today.
Before Save the Chimps rescued me I was… living at the Coulston Foundation, a research lab. But before that, I had spent most of my life alone in a 5’x5’x7’ cage suspended off the ground like a birdcage at a lab called LEMSIP. I know how to use forks and spoons, and put on clothes, so my caregivers think I might have been someone’s pet when I was very young.
Please adopt me and help provide the support I need to live the life I love.
Jennifer was born on August 20, 1970 at the Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. She was removed from her mother soon after birth and was sent to the nursery where she lived with another baby chimp. When she was 18 months old, Jennifer was isolated and placed in an endocrinology study lasting a year.
Between 1981 and 1998 Jennifer had 13 babies – one still born and the rest moved to the same nursery where Jennifer started her life. Jennifer had 13 babies in 17 years. In the wild, a female will give birth every five or six years for a total of five or six babies over a lifetime. Jennifer was forced to act as a breeding machine.
Jennifer and 20 other Air Force chimps—including Jennifer’s first breeding partner Wes—were rescued by Save the Chimps in 2001.
Jennifer deserves all that we can give her. Help support the stoic and very beautiful chimp by adopting her today.
Meet Melody (Mel)!
Save the Chimps does not believe in captive breeding, however, her birth is a result of a failed vasectomy. Her mother, Megan being only eight years old, rejected Melody at birth. This forced the staff to intervene and raise Mel until adoptive parents could be found. April has adopted adorable little Mel and they now live on their sunny Florida island as their family continues to grow.
Help provide support for this irresistible and wonderful chimp by donating or adopting Mel today!
Pumpkin, a member of Lou’s Group, was rescued from The Coulston Foundation. Pumpkin loves basketballs (maybe because they are orange and round like pumpkins…?) and wading pools – and filling the wading pool with basketballs! He’s a fan of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches which he loves to wash down with Gatorade! He is extremely handsome, and has a kind and gentle soul.
To learn more about this handsome guy and help support him, adopt him today.
Few records exist that detail Rufus’ life but our best guess is that he was born in the mid 1960’s, possibly in Africa. In 1978, Rufus ended up at a lab in Pennsylvania that housed him for a major pharmaceutical research corporation. In 1981, he was transferred to the Coulston Foundation (TCF) in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He was used extensively as a breeder, fathering 37 children. But life for a breeder male at TCF was no picnic. Ironically, if you were a breeder, you lived alone, except for the 2-4 weeks that a mating partner was placed into your cage. Rufus never had a family and never had the chance to form lasting friendships with other chimps.
All that changed in September 2002, when Save the Chimps took over TCF and rescued Rufus, who was living alone in Building 300, “The Dungeon”.
You can learn more and help support the magnificent Rufus but adopting him today.
Terry was born sometime between 1979-1984. Terry eventually came into the care of an individual who trained chimpanzees for the Ice Capades, although to our knowledge Terry never performed in the show. In 1995, Terry’s trainer moved Terry and his chimpanzee friend Simon to the Las Vegas Zoo. Simon sadly died not long after his arrival at the zoo, leaving Terry without a chimpanzee companion. Terry’s trainer remained a part of his life, visiting him several times per week for the next 18 years.
On September 24, 2013, STC received an urgent message from the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance, of which STC is a founding member. The Las Vegas Zoo’s staff had quit & the zoo was closing. The situation was urgent, Terry needed to be moved ASAP. STC agreed to provide a new home for him.
To learn more about Terry and help support his new life at the sanctuary, adopt him today.
Scarlett’s years in the lab left her depressed and withdrawn. Today, however, she is often seen with a smile on her face. She loves to have her back scratched, and one of her favorite treats is grape Kool-Aid.
Scarlett suffers from epilepsy and as medication keeps her seizures under control she is still in need of special care.
Help support the special care Scarlett requires by adopting her today.
I was born at The Coulston Foundation to my mother Annie and father Rufus. I was only allowed to live with my mom for three days before I was taken away from her. I was put into my first research study when I was just 2 ½ years old, and I was used in four different medical experiments before I was 6 years old.
After the experiments were over I lived in a cage with some other male chimps my age. Nothing else much happened, until one day when I was 13 years old a woman in a baseball cap showed up and changed everything! I made a bunch of new friends, and moved to a huge island where I can run as fast as I want. I love it here in Florida!
Cheetah is estimated to have been born in the 1970s, but his records do not indicate whether he was born in the wild or captivity. His whereabouts prior to 1983 are unknown. In October 1983, Cheetah arrived at the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine & Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP), a now defunct lab in New York State. At LEMSIP, Cheetah lived alone in a steel cage providing him a mere 25 square feet of space for the next 13 years. He was subjected to over 400 liver biopsies, & at one point a hematoma was discovered on his liver, and he required 3 blood transfusions. In the late 1990s, LEMSIP closed, and Cheetah was sent to The Coulston Foundation (TCF), a lab in Alamogordo, NM in 1996. There Cheetah was used in at least one biomedical research study.
In 2002, TCF went bankrupt, and Cheetah was among the 266 chimps rescued from TCF by Save the Chimps. Chimps set about him toys, and most importantly, the companionship of other chimps. Save the Chimps also discovered that Cheetah is an artist, and a temperamental one at that! Cheetah can sometimes go for weeks refusing to paint, but when he finds his muse he throws himself into his work, creating colorful and expressive paintings that often spill off of the canvas and onto the walls and floors of his home!
Timmy’s early years are a mystery, but our best guess is that he was born in 1976. We have no idea who his parents were. He spent many years in biomedical research at a lab in New York State known as LEMSIP, where he lived alone in a cage that provided just 25 square feet of floor space. When LEMSIP closed, Timmy was sent to another lab, the Coulston Foundation.
When Save the Chimps rescued Timmy in 2002, he was living alone in a building we called “the Dungeon”. To the best of our knowledge, Timmy had spent nearly his entire life entirely alone. We ended his isolation, and today he enjoys the company of his best friend Cheetah. He loves beverages, especially fruit juice or a chilled bottle of water. We found that he enjoys painting, and he is very skilled and expressive with a brush!
Mona is believed to have been born in Africa in 1960. She was a resident of the Institute for Primate Studies (IPS) in Oklahoma, where she learned some American Sign Language. In 1982, Mona was sent to the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates in (LEMSIP) in New York State, where she was confined indoors to a 5’ x 5’ x 7’ cage suspended off the ground. In 1996, LEMSIP closed and Mona was sent to a third lab, New Iberia Primate Research Center in Louisiana. In 2000, Mona and her friends Stu, Andrea, and Ursula retired to the Wild Animal Orphanage (WAO) in Texas. In 2011, WAO went bankrupt, and Save the Chimps stepped in to rescue Mona and ten other chimpanzees. Today Mona is a member of Doug’s Group, a family of 23 chimpanzees (including her BFFs Stu, Andrea, and Ursula.) She still signs on occasion, her favorite expression being “hug.” Mona is very intelligent and artistic, and painting is an interesting and enriching experience for her.
Cody was born in 1999 at the Coulston Foundation in New Mexico, a biomedical laboratory with the worst record of primate care in the history of the Animal Welfare Act. Sadly, he was taken from his mother at birth. When he was very young he was sold into the entertainment industry where he was coerced into performing. Chimpanzees on TV and in movies are usually portrayed as objects to be mocked and laughed at, when in fact, they are highly intelligent. When their careers as “entertainers” are over, around age eight, they usually end up in biomedical laboratories or roadside zoos, where they spend the remaining 40+ years of their lives confined to a cage.
In 2002 Cody was rescued by Save the Chimps. He now lives a fulfilling life with his family of chimpanzees on a large island in Florida. One of the activities Cody enjoys is painting. Although he loves being an artist, it takes him a long time to finish his masterpieces because he is so active and social!
Henrietta was one of the first chimps to catch our late founder Dr. Carole Noon’s eye when STC took over The Coulston Foundation. Henri and her dear friend, the late Tami, were living together in The Dungeon, all the way down at the very end. These two elderly ladies huddled together, trying to endure the dank chill of their concrete cage. They startled easily, jumping nervously when Dr. Noon pulled a lip balm out of her pocket. Both Henrietta and Tami were skinny and frail, and Tami was missing part of her leg. Dr. Noon’s heart melted when she met them, and simply providing them with warmth and comfort shot right to the top of her to-do list.
Henrietta was probably born in the 1960s, possibly in Africa, but her true date and place of birth are unknown. All we do know is that Henrietta was sold to The Coulston Foundation in 1985 by a lab called Buckshire Corporation. Within months of her arrival, Henrietta was placed in the breeding program, meeting male after male after male, but never becoming pregnant. Eventually it was discovered that she had endometriosis and abdominal adhesions, which likely prevented her from getting pregnant. This diagnosis did not prevent her from being assigned to a biomedical research study in 1992 on a drug called clofibrate. Why this drug was being studied in chimps is unknown; the drug had been FDA approved for use in humans years before, but had also been shown in the early 1980s to have dangerous side effects in humans.
In 2002, Henrietta’s life changed quite dramatically when Save the Chimps gained custody of Henri, Tami, and the more than 200 other chimps of The Coulston Foundation. Today Henrietta lives in a large family group. Together they enjoy the wide open spaces of their grassy island home—which includes their very own “saloon.” The saloon is a large platform on Kiley’s Island with a Western-movie type façade, and it is a favorite hangout of the chimps. Henrietta enjoys basking in the warm Florida sun, and although she must miss her dear friend Tami, we hope that the cold, sterile environs of the Dungeon are but a distant memory.
Support this beautiful lady by donating today.
Clay was born May 20, 1987 to mother Jody & father Mack. Jody was a good mother but only allowed to care for Clay for a mere 10 hours. Clay was taken from her & raised in the nursery by humans. When he was just two he was subjected to multiple research studies over several years. Clay had to endure frequent anesthesia with Ketamine, blood draws, liver biopsies, & injection with mysterious “test materials.” In one study, he had a lymph node surgically removed. Clay was also used in a study of the toxic effects of Theophylline (an anti-asthma drug), ibuprofen & Lovastatin (a cholesterol-reducing drug). All of these drugs were already approved for use in humans before Clay was used in these experiments. Clay was almost continuously used in invasive biomedical research experiments until 1999, when he was twelve years old.
In 2002, Clay was rescued by Save the Chimps, where they found him living alone in “The Dungeon”. His records indicated that he had occasionally lived with at least one other chimp, and there was no indication that he could not be socialized. However, when he was introduced to another chimp, Clay was extremely aggressive. Repeated attempts to socialize Clay with other chimps failed. Much to our dismay, we found that it would not be possible for Clay to live with other chimps. His years of solitude & torment had mentally scarred him for life & he posed a danger to other chimps. Clay lives alone to this day but he certainly seems to prefer it that way. He is a happy, robust chimp who loves to play chase with his caregivers. Because he lives alone, he gets extra special attention from the staff. His caregivers discovered that he enjoys painting, & he has produced some lovely masterpieces!
Marlon & Dylan
Marlon was born January 1, 2007, and Dylan was born February 5, 2007 at a facility in Texas. Not long after Marlon’s birth, his mother became very ill, and despite attempts to save her, she passed away. Dylan’s mother, on the other hand, was inexperienced and sadly showed no interest in caring for him.
Save the Chimps was contacted and asked if they could provide emergency assistance. One of Save the Chimps’ staff members had extensive experience caring for infant chimpanzees, and she took on the task of providing 24 hour care. After a year, Marlon and Dylan were ready to join a chimpanzee family. They were introduced to their adopted mother, Roxy, adopted big sister Janice, and adopted father Abdul. In 2010, Marlon and Dylan and the rest of their family moved to Florida, where they are being introduced to other chimpanzees. These two energetic and playful young boys enjoy running, jumping, climbing and swinging all over their island!