I was born on February 2, 1983 at the Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. I was taken from my mother Clair within two hours of birth—even though Clair is noted as being a good mother—and raised in the nursery. When I was a year old, I was shipped across the country to Rockville, MD and used to test a hepatitis B vaccine. From March 29, 1984 to June 3, 1987, I was held down once a week while someone drew my blood and stuck needles into my liver for biopsies. I was not given anything to treat my pain. I returned to Holloman at the age of three. I was not involved in any other studies but was enrolled in the breeding program from 1997 to 1999. I never had any children.
Save the Chimps rescued me and 20 other Air Force chimps in 2001, and I moved to Florida where I set foot outside of a cage and onto grass for the very first time. I became very easy to spot, even way out on her new island home, because of my habit of walking on my palms instead of my knuckles. I have very big hands so this results in a very unique walk! The caregivers call me “the ballerina” because when indoors for meals, I often grab onto a bar above me with both hands and twist my torso from side to side.
Though she was used as a breeder, Amy never had any babies of her own. But at sanctuary, Amy is the adoptive mom to Angie, one of the “oopsie” babies born at the sanctuary as a result of a failed vasectomy. When Angie was a baby, she and Amy would hang out together, snuggling and being cute together. As Angie became older, and began to test boundaries, she would sometimes steal Amy’s bananas. Somehow Amy always saw this as a shortcoming on the part of her caregivers, and not the adorable Angie. Fortunately, the caregivers always have a few extra for just such occasions. They still eat together to this day. Each time Amy looks the other way when Angie is being feisty, it makes you wonder if she still sees Angie as the tiny baby she used to cuddle and not the big girl she is today.
Amy is a friendly, unassuming chimp, and is usually found with a smile on her face! We hope that this means that she retains little memory of her difficult past. Amy prefers the company of her fellow Air Force veterans Liza, Emily, Garfield, and Jennifer, and loves the wide open spaces of her island.
To learn more about this very beautiful lady and help support her, adopt Amy today.