I was born to my parents, Phyllis and Cliff, on August 26, 1986, at the Coulston Foundation, a biomedical laboratory. I was weaned from Phyllis when I was approximately three years old and placed in a group of female chimpanzees my age. While in the lab, I had quarterly blood draws and routine physicals. Thankfully I was not used in any studies. Instead, at eight years old, I was introduced to a “breeding group.” While in the breeding program, I had four pregnancies. The first two were miscarriages, and following that, I had two children, Janice and Cody.
In 2002, I was among the 266 chimpanzees rescued from the Coulston Foundation by Save the Chimps. One of the significant tasks needing to be accomplished after Save the Chimps took over the Coulston Foundation was to start chimp introductions and form large groups. I became a member of Bobby’s family, a group known for our loving personalities.
Although I am kind to my human caregivers, I am more interactive with other chimpanzees. I have a goofy side, which I show by “break-dancing” on large pieces of cardboard. When done break dancing, I will lounge on the cardboard, taking a nap. I am well known for my dance skills, and the kitchen staff saves large boxes just for me. I let my inner child shine by twirling from the large toys hanging around my home. I wind up the toys by twisting them as far as they will go and then hold on while I spin and spin as the toy unwinds. I love being outside, exploring, or simply relaxing in the beautiful Florida weather in the company of my friends. And that’s what Save the Chimps is all about.