We know very little about Bubba’s history. His date and place of birth are unknown, and most of the records of his life prior to 1997 have vanished. We believe that Bubba was born in the late 1960s or early 1970s, possibly in Africa.
Sometime before 1983, Bubba resided at the Buckshire Corporation, where he was known as “Bobby Sands.”
In September 1983, Bubba was transferred to The Coulston Foundation. His file contains no records between 1983-1997, so we do not know if he was used in biomedical research experiments. However, we do know that Bubba was used as a breeder, fathering 16 children, 10 of whom are residents of Save the Chimps.
Bubba was an engaging and charming chimpanzee, and so full of energy and life. He enjoyed living in a chimpanzee family. He became a good friend to his buddy David, a father figure to little Melody, and was of course more than happy to be a suitor to Gail, Nadia, and his other lady friends.
Bubba relished island life, and more than anything, he loved to run. Having never experienced the freedom to gallop at full speed for most of his life, Bubba was eager to make up for all the lost time. Watching him lope from one place to another (sometimes accompanied by Melody, whose little legs churned rapidly in an effort to keep up) was always a sight to behold.
On January 8th, 2011, Bubba passed away after spending his last few years surrounded by loved ones and enjoying life to the fullest. His absence continues to be deeply felt by both his chimpanzee family and the human caregivers who loved him dearly. If you would like to help us give more chimps a chance to run in nature for the first time, please consider donating in Bubba’s memory.
- Lady Chimps