I was born September 16, 1990, to my mother Little Rock, and my father Bubba at the Coulston Foundation, a research lab in Alamogordo, NM. Little Rock was a good mother, but I was taken away from her within 24 hours to be raised by humans in the laboratory nursery. When I was just three years old, I was assigned to a biomedical research study that lasted for four years. Based on my records, I was not used in any other research protocols.
I got an amazing present for my 12th birthday, I was rescued by Save the Chimps! The Coulston Foundation was on the verge of bankruptcy, and on September 16, 2002, Save the Chimps took over the lab and turned it into a sanctuary. Since then, my world has grown and changed right along with me. First I became part of Rufus’ Group, an incredible chimp family that included my sister, Amber. Then, my family and I made a cross-country journey to Florida where I was released onto the gorgeous green island that has been my home for many years now. I love to “display,” a typical male chimpanzee behavior of showing off how big and tough I am by making lots of noise, but deep down I’m really a softie.