I was born in the Coulston Foundation on August 7, 1995, to my parents Jennifer and Marty, both members of the original Air Force Group rescued by Save the Chimps in 2001. I was removed from Jennifer and sent to the nursery to be raised by human caregivers a few hours after I was born. I was placed in my first research assignment at four months old. Over the next two and a half years, I would be sedated every two weeks for blood draws and swabs to evaluate the effects of a vaccine being studied. This study appears to be the only research I was a part of. Overall I was a healthy baby and aside from one bout of fever, I avoided the typical respiratory and digestive issues experienced by many infant chimpanzees raised by humans in the nursery.
I was still young when Save the Chimps took over the Coulston Foundation in September 2002. Save the Chimps made sure to add fresh fruits and veggies to every meal. My favorite is tomatoes. In fact, I love them so much, my caregivers will give me an extra one from any leftovers after everyone else has eaten. I became a part of Bobby’s family, and I enjoy eating meals with my best friends Tina and Polly. We spend our days enjoying each other’s company and relaxing on the island together. My family and I migrated to Florida in February 2010, where we continued to meet more chimpanzees. I am a strong-willed chimp who knows what I want out of life and my sanctuary caregivers enjoy helping me achieve it.
- Watching the sunrise