Donate Hello my name is


Age 24
Birthday 12/8/1996
Rescued From Research

Member of
Tapioca’s Family

I am a Sagittarius.

My Personality

  • Beautiful
  • Feisty
  • Strong-willed
  • Demanding
  • Brave

My Favorite Things

  • Sugarcane
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Grapes
  • Blankets

My Biggest Fan Thinks

“Alari is a dominant female in her group, often showing her feisty side to her caregivers by banging the mesh to scare them. She of course did this to me at first, but after a few weeks of working with her she began to trust me and showed me her sweet and loving side. She looks at me like she’s looking into my soul and I melt with love for her.”

Sarah PoirerSarah Poirier
Chimpanzee Care Manager
Team member since 2005


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My History

I was born December 8, 1996 at The Coulston Foundation biomedical research laboratory in Alamogordo, NM to my mother Katrina and father Richie. I was taken from my mother at birth and raised in the lab’s nursery. When I was just 17 months old, I was shipped across the country to a laboratory in Maryland. There I was used in multiple medical research studies, and was frequently anesthetized to be inoculated, my blood drawn, and liver biopsied. I was confined indoors for years in what can best be described as a glass box. These experiences so traumatized me that I began biting myself.

When Save the Chimps rescued me, my life changed dramatically. I joined a chimpanzee family, and never bit or injured myself. Once pale with a thin coat of hair, my skin and hair became dark and luxurious thanks to the sunshine I had never before seen. I grew into a confident chimpanzee who was a wonderful friend and protector to my friend Moesha. Today I live on a three-acre island with Moesha and the other members of Tapioca’s Group.

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