I was born January 4, 1990 at the Coulston Foundation, a lab in Alamogordo, New Mexico. My mother was Winnie and my father was Rufus. Winnie was a good mother, and took care of me for four days. On the fifth day, my mom was darted with anesthetic, and I was taken from her to be raised by humans in the laboratory nursery. When I was just two years old, I entered my first research study.
I spent the next decade at the Coulston Foundation, but in 2002, when I was 12 years old, I was retired to Save the Chimps. Today I am enjoying life with my best friend Grace and other members of my chimpanzee family on a large island with rolling hills and green grass. I am a very festive chimp and enjoy colorful objects, especially large, flexible stuffed toys that I can drape over my back as I roam the island. I take excellent care of these “babies” and treat them like they are my own. I am a very determined chimpanzee and I always get my way! I love spending time with my caregivers and visitors, and I can be quite sassy if I feel I’m not getting enough attention! My family has a lot of rambunctious males, but my best friend Grace and I can always keep up, and we are a force to be reckoned with too. I am very high ranking in my family’s hierarchy and I’m respected by everyone in my group. I have a soft side too, which is evident in my sweet greetings when my caregivers arrive in the mornings, my long grooming sessions with Grace, and all the cuddling I do with my “babies.”